Silverton Postpones Superfund Vote As Deadline Looms

January 26, 2016
Photo: Gold King Mine Tunnel Entrance (Small) (EPA)(Courtesy EPA)
The entrance to the Gold King Mine near Silverton, in an image provided by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Town leaders had hoped to vote on the application this Thursday. They’re pushing up against a deadline this weekend to complete their application. But there’s hope that the Environmental Protection Agency will grant a deadline extension.

A major sticking point is the boundary of the Superfund site. Silverton officials want a narrow designation that won’t brush up against town limits. The EPA is looking to broaden the boundaries to address more abandoned mines.

A public comment meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m.