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Superfund or Super Flop?

Posted - Aug. 9, 2004 at 8:40 a.m.



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The Environmental Protection Agency needs to get its act together as it moves forward with the costly superfund cleanup of the historic Utah mining town of Eureka.

At the top of the “to do” list is better public relations!

That includes more transparent, thorough and honest communication with the residents of the town the agency has invaded. Since the $75 million project to deal with lead contaminated soil began in 2001, the EPA has managed to alienate a good portion of Eureka’s hardy residents.

Better PR must be accompanied by more reliable results!

Some properties, for example, have been “cleaned up” more than once because of obvious mistakes. And non-native trees and shrubbery planted in some areas have already died. Such blatant bungling is inexcusable.

Next, be more sensitive to Eureka’s historic look!

The town’s charm is its quaintness, which is being severely compromised by the crushed gray rock the EPA is using to cover up old mine dumps as well as to fill in yards and roadways.

Finally, expedite the process!

Get the job done right, then get out of town, which means moving the project to the top of the agency’s list for priority funding.

In KSL’s view, it is not too late to prevent the Eureka Mills Superfund Project from becoming a super flop.

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