January 30, 2016--Durango may move forward with Superfund support letter (Durango Herald)

Although Silverton and San Juan County officials last week delayed a decision on seeking Superfund status, Durango City Mayor Dean Brookie is considering sending a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper supporting the designation for the mining network near Silverton. Durango and La Plata County governing boards unanimously supported Superfund designation by formal resolutions this month with the idea of collectively sending their requests to the governor in conjunction with San Juan County and Silverton. “We anticipated the resolution would be choreographed with La Plata County, Silverton and San Juan County to all go in together and be mutually supportive,” Brookie said. “We want to be supportive of Silverton, but we also understand the process is a long one, and things like the name of the Superfund is part of the process, but not part of the simple request to the governor. This is one step in the process, so it’s astounding they want to have all their i’s dotted and t’s crossed.” San Juan County and Silverton officials were expected to vote Thursday to ask Hickenlooper to request Superfund designation, but the decision was delayed as the communities navigate agreements with the Environmental Protection Agency. Sunday is the deadline to submit a request to be considered in March for National Priorities Listing. Silverton area officials say the town is on track for a spring consideration despite the postponed vote, but communities to the south want their voices heard sooner rather than later. To view the full article visit the Durango Herald.