On Tuesday, May 21, at 3 p.m., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host the monthly meeting of the Community Advisory Group (CAG) for the Lincoln Park/Cotter Superfund Site at the Cañon City Quality Inn 3075 E. U.S. 50 in Cañon City.

Several representatives of the EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will be in attendance in person to give updates on the cleanup process ongoing at the 40-year-old Superfund site. Members of the community will have the opportunity to ask questions of EPA Remedial Project Manager Paul Stoick, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Charles Van-Otten, CDPHE Project Manager Alex Hedgepath, and Toby Wright, Wright Environmental Services Inc., Cotter Project Program Manager.

CAG members will also be at the meeting to open dialog with residents, listen to questions and concerns, and talk about updates on CAG communications with the agencies.

In October of 2023, Cotter Corporation with project manager Toby Wright was brought onsite to take over the cleanup process after Colorado Legacy Land declared insolvency in February 2023. Cotter will always be a responsible party for the Superfund site. Wright and his team of contractors are working on several documents required under the CERCLA process. One of these is the Draft Phase I Risk Assessment Quality Assurance Project Plan (RA QAPP) which is expected in July 2024. Once that document is approved by the EPA with comments from the public, the Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment can begin with actual sampling and monitoring in all areas of the site including areas in Lincoln Park.

The CDPHE webpage has a great deal of information about this Superfund site including a summary of the history, documents available for review and comment, and reference documents. To receive future information, sign up for the CAG mailing list.

For additional information about the CAG contact Emily Tracy, Chairwoman at (970)-389-4574.