Smuggler residents will get more frequent reminders of area’s former Superfund status
ASPEN REAL ESTATE – Residents living at the base of Smuggler Mountain will be reminded more frequently that the area is a former federal Superfund site, and that they must follow certain protocols when excavating soil, the Environmental Protection Agency recently ruled. As it was, Pitkin County and the city of Aspen sent a letter every five years to property owners in the zone that includes Centennial, Hunter Creek, the Smuggler Park neighborhood and many more individual homes. The letter explains that, due to high concentrations of lead and other heavy metals found in the area because of waste left over from the mining days, a special permit is required if more than 1 cubic yard of dirt is to be excavated. As part of the ongoing EPA oversight of the former Superfund area, federal officials were in town in the spring for their five-year review, investigating local compliance with the 1995 settlement that helped remove the area from the list of dangerous hazardous waste sites. It was listed from 1986 until 1999.
By Curtis Wackerle, Oct 3, 2012 ADN
1907 Smuggler Mine, Aspen, CO