- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

SILVERTON, Colo. (AP) - An economic development coordinator will help businesses in Western Colorado during a potential Superfund cleanup of historic mines.

The Durango Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1VfIZ2A ) that the U.S. Economic Development Administration is providing about $115,600 to pay for an economic adviser to help tourism-dependent businesses in Silverton and San Juan County for two years.

The coordinator will focus on helping existing businesses through the cleanup of as many as 48 mine-related sites at Bonita Peak Mining District.

The district was recommended for a Superfund listing in April following a mine blowout in August. The proposed designation is nearing the end of a public comment period.

The San Juan Development Association Board will hire the new coordinator. It includes representatives from Silverton, San Juan County, the Silverton Chamber of Commerce and Region 9.


Information from: Durango Herald, https://www.durangoherald.com



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