NEDERLAND, Colo. –On Wednesday, July 29, the U.S. Forest Service received a report from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office regarding an illegal hazardous materials dump on National Forest System lands along County Road 103 a few miles north of Nederland. The illegal dump was initially discovered and reported by a hunter scouting the area.
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office also contacted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Due to the threat to nearby water well sources , the EPA used its CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act) authority to clean up the site, which was located on a small parcel of National Forest System lands, the following day (Friday, July 30). EPA has access to hazardous materials contractors and funding for these types of CERCLA cleanups.
The dump area consisted of two large trenches, one bigger than a 55 gallon drum. Approximately 50 gallons of hazardous materials were removed from the two trenches, as well as one-and-a-half cubic yards of contaminated soil. EPA field personnel report that the hazardous material included a mixture of paint, thinners and other hazardous waste, which had the potential to migrate to nearby wells. The Forest Service will be responsible for reclamation of the two large trenches.
The Forest Service is interested in any information about this dump site and potential responsible parties. Please contact U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer Paul Krisantis at 303-541-2513 with any relevant information.
Boulder County offers hazardous waste disposal for businesses and residents. Information about that program is available online at: http://www.bouldercounty.org/env/hazwaste/pages/default.aspx