DENVER (AP) – The cleanup of mining waste around the town of Leadville could be reaching a significant milestone.

The cleanup area is divided into 12 geographic areas. The Denver Post reported Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed declaring the cleanup of residential areas in Leadville and Lake County complete and taking it off the national Superfund list.

Work at three other areas has already been completed.

The public has 30 days to comment on EPA’s proposal. The state must also agree with the decision to take the area off the list.

The land in and around Leadville was used for more than 120 years for gold, silver, lead and zinc mining as well as smelting.

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