Former uranium mill tailings may pose health risks at homeless camp

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Former uranium mill tailings may pose health risks at homeless camp

City and state officials disagree on requirements to open site
Durango City Councilors voted this week to set up a camp for homeless residents adjacent to a site where a uranium mill operated from 1942 to 1963. The area was cleaned, but radioactive material remains on site. The area is governed by an environmental covenant between the city of Durango and the state health department. While it is not included within the boundary on this map, the covenant includes an area to the west along Lightner Creek, where homeless residents may have to camp.

Former uranium mill tailings may pose health risks at homeless camp

Durango City Councilors voted this week to set up a camp for homeless residents adjacent to a site where a uranium mill operated from 1942 to 1963. The area was cleaned, but radioactive material remains on site. The area is governed by an environmental covenant between the city of Durango and the state health department. While it is not included within the boundary on this map, the covenant includes an area to the west along Lightner Creek, where homeless residents may have to camp.

Former uranium mill tailings may pose health risks at homeless camp

An area planned to house a camp for homeless residents is directly adjacent to a former uranium mill site. The whole area is governed by an environmental covenant between the city of Durango and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Former uranium mill tailings may pose health risks at homeless camp

Durango City Council approved an emergency ordinance this week setting aside land parallel to U.S. Highway 160, adjacent to the Durango Dog Park, as a camp for homeless residents to sleep.
Should the city of Durango complete a health risk assessment before moving homeless residents to a location near the Dog Park, which is the site of a former uranium mill?

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