You are invited to a pair of meetings in Hartford Wednesday to discuss the ongoing clean-up of the Chemetco Superfund site.  The 41-acre former copper smelting site was closed over a decade ago, when the company went bankrupt.  A few years ago, work began to dismantle the buildings, and the cleanup is now focused on removing the slag piles.

This week's meetings will focus on how to start a Community Advisory Group and other ways to participate as an advocate for your community, according to Hartford Projects Manager Deanna Barnes.  

Barnes comments

Paradigm Minerals & Environmental Services will be performing the work on the slag piles, and the EPA will make sure they are doing the work per their guidelines.  He says it will be about a year before you will notice a change in the size of the piles as you drive by, and he estimates the project will take 5-7 years to complete.  The public meetings will take place from 2-4pm and 6-8pm Wednesday at the Hartford Community Center, located at 715 North Delmar Avenue.  Site information is available at the Hartford Public Library , the EPA office in Chicago and online through a link below.

http://www.epa.gov/region5/cleanup/chemetco/

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