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Boulder County Public Health to host public meetings on Valmont Power Station ash remediation

Daily Camera - 6/17/2024

Jun. 17—Boulder County Public Health will host two public meetings on Tuesday about the coal ash remediation efforts at Valmont Power Station in Boulder.

The first of Tuesday's meetings, from 8 to 10 a.m., is for business owners, and the second meeting, from 6 to 8 p.m., is geared toward nearby residents. Both meetings will be held in-person at the Boulder County Recycling Center at 1901 63rd St. in Boulder.

The meetings are informational sessions for community members wanting to learn more about how Xcel Energy, which operates the plant, plans to clean up multiple landfills full of coal ash that remain on the Valmont Power Station property. The station burned coal for 93 years before retiring its coal operations in 2017, and the remediation work could take more than a decade.

Coal ash constituents can leach into the surrounding environment. Xcel's own groundwater testing found levels of lithium and selenium exceeding groundwater protection standards in wells on and near the Valmont property in 2020.

Anyone wishing to attend Tuesday's meetings is encouraged, but not required, to RSVP at bit.ly/3XrmK03.

Although there will not be an option for attending the meetings virtually, Boulder County Public Health will upload a video and presentation onto the website in the coming weeks for anyone not able to attend the meetings, according to Giselle Noll, a public relations specialist with the agency.

Noll said Boulder County Public Health plans to hold a panel discussion with Xcel representatives and regulators in the future, and there will also be a public comment period for members of the public to give input, though it's not clear yet when that will be held.

More information about the remediation project is available at bouldercounty.gov/environment/water/valmont-station.

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