- 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.

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

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