Globeville: Arsenic still lingering after years

July 13, 2009

Story from the Denver Post:

Crews are slated to arrive today in south Globeville to begin the final removal of arsenic contamination from 32 properties left by the former Globe smeltering facility.

Some residents of the northeast Denver neighborhood, who have fought for years to have their properties cleaned up, remain skeptical that the work will begin.

After all, it has been 12 years since the lawsuit against Asarco Co., which operated the Globe smeltering plant, was filed. And it has been years since hundreds of their neighbors whose yards measured higher levels of toxic contamination had their lots scrubbed.

The Globeville neighborhood is in north Denver near Elyria and Swansea, and part of the area that I-70 expansion is slated to devastate.

These low-income communities of mostly people of color have been plagued by environmental pollution for decades. The arsenic from the Globe smeltering plant is only the tip of the iceberg.

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