Toxic Poisoning Concerns Continue For Local Community

Dozens of local homeowners have come together to ask Governor John Hickenlooper for help to clean up some high level toxins that may be in their neighborhood.

Homeowners in Pueblo's Eiler Heights neighborhood met Tuesday night to discuss the neighborhood's exposure to the high level of toxic metals coming from an old smelter site.

Pueblo city councilors said the site, used several decades ago, worked with all types of metals and chemicals. They said the site is contaminated with lead and arsenic.

City councilors told us after recent testing, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering the neighborhood for the national priority list for cleanup.

Meeting organizers also wanted to hear community input about a letter they plan to send the governor asking for access to federal money for cleanup.

“The long-term goal is: let's ensure the safety of our children what's make this a vibrant neighborhood with property values that are increased where people can play outside, children can play outside without fear of contamination,” Pueblo District 4 City Councilor Sandy Daff said.

The meeting held Tuesday night was organized by the Eiler Heights Neighborhood Association.

Senator George Rivera was at the meeting; we're told he volunteered to hand deliver the letter to Governor Hickenlooper on Monday.