Los Alamitos, CA, May 19th, 2010
The Iron King Mine and Humboldt Smelter encompass over 300 acres on the outskirts of the Central Arizona town of Dewey-Humboldt. Although it has been decades since either was in operation their legacy is still felt by area residents. Several thousand residents call the area home and many have concerns over their health due to the former mining operations.
Last month a report was released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding their remedial investigation report and feasibility study of the Superfund site. Hundreds of acres are covered by tailings, smelter ash and multiple retention ponds.
The report found high levels of toxic metals and contamination of groundwater. The report states however that due to the toxins’ low mobility much of the danger is highly localized to the area on and immediately around the two sites. The report also notes that for some of the toxins, including lead and arsenic, it is difficult to determine if the levels are due to the past mining operations or due to natural background conditions from the area’s geological makeup.
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