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On May 11, 2021, the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety (DRMS) conducted an inspection at the Pride of the West Mill related to the DRMS’s statutory obligation to complete reclamation at the previously permitted mill facility. This inspection identified numerous drums, bags, and containers in various states of integrity.
On May 20, 2021, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) notified EPA of their concern for unsecured chemicals at the Site and requested assistance.
An EPA response team conducted an evaluation of the Site between May 21-28, 2021. The team identified hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants in numerous abandoned drums and containers. Many of these drums and containers are compromised and leaking.
EPA deployed a response team to the Site on June 21, 2021 and is currently removing and packaging drums and containers for disposal in the Leach Plant, Mill Building and Laboratory.
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