Valley Floor

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced public “office hours” in Telluride to discuss 2021 Telluride Valley Floor/Boomerang Road Time-Sensitive Removal. Three public sessions or “office hours” will be held in Telluride on July 20 - 21, 2021.

Personnel from the EPA and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will be available to talk with residents about the Telluride Valley Floor (TVF)/Boomerang Road Time-Sensitive Removal Action and answer questions about efforts planned for this summer and fall.

Office Hours will be held at the Wilkinson Public Library in the Program Room on Tuesday, July 20 from 4-6 p.m., and Wednesday, July 21 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Anyone interested in dropping in during these sessions to talk with EPA and USFS personnel is asked to register on the following website:

Due to COVID restrictions, EPA can only accommodate a maximum of 30 people in each of the sessions. Anyone who cannot attend the scheduled office hours, can contact Chris Wardell at: to arrange for a one-on-one briefing on the removal plans.

The TVF/Boomerang Road Time-Sensitive Removal site was referred to the EPA by the USFS in the fall of 2020, after sampling conducted by the USFS and the responsible party found mine tailings within the 34-acre site contained high levels of lead and arsenic.

Actions completed as part of the 2020, emergency response included installation of erosion controls to mitigate runoff from the excavation and stockpile operations; removal of up to 3,000 cubic yards of tailing and stabilized/armored bank area; installation of a low water crossing for moving equipment and material. In addition, EPA stabilized hike/bike area by placing a thin cap of gravel over the tailings; placed barriers around contaminated areas, until mitigated or cleaned up; and hauled excavated contaminated material to state-designated, responsible party-owned on-site repository.