A Matter of Trust

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While this idea was circulating among a handful of city officials, Coon warned them to be careful with the information: "Please note that the Lowry Trusts are independent entities from the City and view this information to be confidential, commercial data, in addition to the need for confidentiality due to the potential for future litigation over these very issues. EPA has also indicated a desire to find ways to tailor the amounts spent at the Lowry site to the amounts held in the trusts (which is not an appropriate consideration.)"

The EPA isn't the only entity with an interest in the trust's balance. If Denver and Waste Management paid themselves management fees, it would reduce the total amount available for cleanup -- and if the cleanup cost increased over the original estimate, more money might have to be collected.

Coon declined to discuss any management-fee plans. "Anything regarding the financial operation of the trust is confidential," he says.

Next week: How waste from the Lowry Landfill turned into fertilizer for Colorado farms.

More Westword coverage of the Lowry Landfill Superfund Site

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