Xcel to pay Boulder $3.6M to clean up chemicals at Dushanbe Teahouse site – The Denver Post

Xcel to pay Boulder $3.6M to clean up chemicals at Dushanbe Teahouse site – The Denver Post


Paul Aiken, Daily Camera

Xcel Energy will pay Boulder $3.6 million over the city removing dangerous chemicals in the 13th Street Plaza, which now houses the Dushanbe Teahouse and a city-owned parking lot.

Boulder and Xcel Energy have avoided trial related to a lawsuit the city filed this summer in U.S. District Court in Denver, as the two sides agreed to a settlement that will see the company pay Boulder $3.6 million for removal of dangerous chemicals in the 13th Street Plaza.

The City Council approved the settlement in the lawsuit, filed in July, late Tuesday night. It is unrelated to Boulder’s ongoing bid to separate from Xcel and form a municipal electric utility.

From 1902 to 1952, the property surrounding 13th Street and Canyon Boulevard — best known today for the Dushanbe Teahouse — was owned by the Federal Gas Co., which operated a coal gasification plant that produced fuel for heaters and lanterns. Potential hazards on the site weren’t publicly discussed for decades, but six monitoring wells installed in 2010 revealed the presence of benzene and naphthalene.



Source :denverpost.com

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