Superfund Research Program partners with federal, state agencies in Dewey-Humboldt, Ariz.

UA SRP experts: (back, left to right) Janick Artiola, Nathan Lothrop, Raina Maier / (front, left to right) Sarah Wilkinson, Miranda Loh, and Monica Ramirez-Andreotta. (Photo credit: University of Arizona Superfund Research Program)
UA SRP experts: (back, left to right) Janick Artiola, Nathan Lothrop, Raina Maier / (front, left to right) Sarah Wilkinson, Miranda Loh, and Monica Ramirez-Andreotta. (Photo credit: University of Arizona Superfund Research Program)

On December 7, 2013, the University of Arizona Superfund Research Program (UA SRP) participated in a multi-stakeholder community meeting in Dewey-Humboldt, AZ.

Residents of the town live in close proximity to the Iron King Mine and Humboldt Smelter Superfund site and may be exposed to metal contamination in soil and water via Superfund site and natural sources.

The purpose of the public meeting was to provide residents with information for understanding and reducing their exposures to arsenic and other metals associated with the Superfund site and to update the community on site-related research as well as the clean-up process by the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).

More than fifty local residents attended the event, held at the local elementary school, to listen to scheduled presentations and visit informational tables for one-on-one time with experts from the UA SRP, US EPA, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), and Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). The Community Coalition of Dewey-Humboldt, recipients of a Technical Advisory Grant from the US EPA, was there with the Technical Advisor to help community members interpret technical information about the site. During presentations and at the tables, the UA SRP and other agency representatives fielded questions from community members on topics ranging from the Superfund clean-up schedule, to water filtration options, to safe gardening practices.

To learn more about the event, click the link below.

Date released: 
Feb 17 2014
Contact: 
Sarah T. Wilkinson