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Concerned Dewey-Humboldt residents meet on Superfund
Community invited to Aug. 15 meeting

Dewey-Humboldt resident Ashley Preston has organized a second community meeting on issues surrounding the Iron King Mine/Humboldt Smelter Site at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Mortimer Family Farm Barn. 

Brian Beck will be giving a presentation on the Superfund site, and Preston said she will be discussing medical issues. She hopes to begin a documentation project, and is working on setting up a nonprofit organization.

Officials from the federal Environmental Protection Agency overseeing the site are unable to attend the Aug. 15 meeting, but will be available in person as early as September.

EPA Project Manager Jeff Dhont acknowledged Preston’s concerns, and stated the site “is large and complex, and has been the subject of a multimillion dollar investigation and ongoing study of cleanup options.”    

Preston and others in the community have expressed concerns about fugitive dust from the mine tailings and smelter, unauthorized access to the sites, use of contaminated bricks from the site, the presence of high levels of beryllium and other metals, possible associated illness with living near the sites.

Beck will present a summary of the known impacts as provided in the EPA report and possible apparent health impacts.

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