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Thursday, May 31,2012

Sacred spine

Valmont Butte still holds special meaning for Native Americans

By Joel Dyer, Jefferson Dodge and Elizabeth Miller
As we approach the conclusion of the Ghosts of Valmont Butte series, we’re going back to the beginning. Back to the first people who used the butte — not as a dumping ground, but as a sacred place.
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Thursday, May 24,2012

City denies requests for Valmont meetings, tours

By Joel Dyer, Jefferson Dodge and Elizabeth Miller
City of Boulder officials have denied a request from several local organizations, including Boulder Weekly, to meet with the city archeologist and tribal monitor who are working on the Valmont Butte cleanup.
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Thursday, April 26,2012

Valmont residents confirm spread of contamination

By Joel Dyer, Jefferson Dodge and Elizabeth Miller
Ann Miller and her husband Douglas used to live on Valmont Road — directly across the street from the primary tailings pond dike dam at Valmont Butte that is suspected of being a pathway for the contamination that ended up in the wells north of Valmont Road over the years.
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Thursday, April 12,2012

Anatomy of a mistake

City’s August 2000 purchase of Valmont Butte was flawed on multiple levels

By Joel Dyer, Jefferson Dodge and Elizabeth Miller
The purchase was supported by information that was either intentionally misleading or woefully incomplete. Not only was the deal brokered by a private third party, which is rare itself, but the full, sordid history of the contaminated property appears to have been hidden from city council, and perhaps certain city staff members.
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Thursday, March 29,2012

Behind closed doors

The citizens own Valmont Butte but may have been denied their right to public hearings for decades

By Joel Dyer, Jefferson Dodge and Elizabeth Miller
It’s been 70 years since the Allied Chemical Company started storing radioactive and heavy metal contamination at Valmont Butte. And in all that time, the citizens of Boulder who have been living with the health risks and are now picking up the cleanup tab have never been given a single opportunity for a public hearing on Valmont Butte.
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Thursday, March 15,2012

City responses to Valmont concerns follow familiar pattern

By Joel Dyer, Jefferson Dodge and Elizabeth Miller
Considering what has transpired over the past 40 years since the city’s first involvement at the site, it seems fair to question whether the city has been either na´ve in its handling of the Valmont Butte situation or has intentionally charged forward in some kind of misguided attempt to control its own destiny when it comes to cleaning up the old Allied mill site.
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Thursday, March 1,2012

Valmont Butte's got a dam problem, among others

By Joel Dyer, Jefferson Dodge and Elizabeth Miller
Several assertions have made their way into the lexicon of environmental monitoring and remediation at Valmont Butte over the years, but nobody is questioning them because it would likely cost more money to clean up the butte if the suspect information were found to be even partially wrong. How much more money? Possibly tens of millions of dollars, or even more if human health issues are involved.
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Thursday, February 23,2012

On the hook

A decision 40 years ago has come back to haunt Boulder taxpayers

By Joel Dyer, Jefferson Dodge and Elizabeth Miller
When the city of Boulder buried radium-contaminated soil years ago at Allied Chemical’s Valmont Butte mill site, it carried serious ramifications. Ramifications that continue to haunt the site.
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Thursday, January 26,2012

Valmont Butte timeline

By Joel Dyer, Jefferson Dodge and Elizabeth Miller
Valmont Butte timeline
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Thursday, January 26,2012

Contaminants found at Valmont Butte

By Joel Dyer, Jefferson Dodge and Elizabeth Miller
Arsenic: Skin damage, circulatory system problems, increased cancer risk. Symptoms of poisoning include nausea, anorexia, vomiting, epigastric and abdominal pain, and diarrhea, in addition to dermatitis, muscle cramps, cardiac abnormalities,...
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