The EPA’s effort to get Superfund cleanups completed, off the list and back to use in the community for economic development has identified one such mess in Colorado.
Not surprising, it’s the Eagle Mine Superfund site sprawling across 250 acres near Vail, and the project is prime for to become a catalyst for economic growth and revitalization, says EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
The Eagle Mine cleanup is surely a poster child for what has gone wrong with Superfunds — they never end.
It’s been 32 years since that cleanup in the tiny town of Minturn began. And, it’s been in post-remedy operation, a bureaucratic phrase meaning almost finished, for nearly 17 years.
We agree that it’s way past time to time to finish the damn thing, delist it and integrate the site back into the community.