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What should happen to the Humboldt Smelter property?
Community workshop set for Jan. 29 with EPA

The Iron King Mine/Humboldt Smelter Superfund site is nearing the time when the Environmental Protection Agency evaluates all its clean up options. Dewey-Humboldt residents have an opportunity to offer their ideas on how to put to use the Humboldt Smelter site property located east of Highway 69 at a meeting with EPA staff from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Humboldt Elementary School, 2750 Corral St.

While EPA officials have not selected a particular remediation plan of action, knowing what the community wants for the property will help the decision process, Jeff Dhont, EPA Remedial Project manager, said at a Sept. 25 Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meeting.

Funds from the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative are available for this site, which pay for a consultant to help residents plan for the future. Community members came up with some possible uses for the smelter property such as a public park with trails and sports fields, a museum, town government buildings, or a solar energy project.

EPA and the town will work together to find a compatible clean-up option for whatever use residents choose for the property.

For more information, contact Yolanda Sanchez with the EPA at 415-972-3880 or email


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