'Suspicious substance' discovered in soil

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— A few weeks ago, during excavation for the new backwash pond at the Hayden water-treatment plant, workers discovered a "suspicious substance" in the soil and took immediate action, Hayden Town Manager Rob Straebel said.

Soil tests were taken to decipher what the substance might be. Soil samples were sent to ACZ Laboratories in Steamboat Springs, Public Works Director Frank Fox said. No results have come back.

Fox was not sure what the substance was, but "it has kind of a fuel smell to it," Straebel said.

"This is not a public health issue," Straebel said. The spill is on an isolated patch of ground about 10 feet by 10 feet and is not near the river, he said.

The Hayden Public Works Department plans to remove the soil once the results return and dispose of it properly.

"We are doing the right thing here," Straebel said. "We know that we have the situation under control. This will in no way affect the town's water supply."

To reach Autumn Phillips call 871-4210

or e-mail aphillips@steamboatpilot.com

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