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May 5, 2014 6:42 PM by Andy Koen

EPA and HUD to answer questions at meeting

PUEBLO - What will this do to my home value? That's the question on the minds of many homeowners in the Eilers neighborhood on the south side of Pueblo.

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to put as many as 400 homes in that neighborhood on a Superfund list due to elevated levels of lead and arsenic in the soil.

The area used to be home to a smelting operation a century ago and there is a substantial slag pile left nearby.

"For our community it has giant impacts," said Sandy Daff, executive director of NeighborWorks.

Her group is hosting representatives from the EPA and the Office Housing and Urban Development tomorrow to answer questions about the proposed designation.

"The ability to buy and sell real estate, the stigma associated with a clean up site, housing values, when can we start seeing housing values on the incline?"

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the NeighborWorks Community Center at 1241 E. Route Avenue in Pueblo.

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