PRESCOTT, Ariz. ? Efforts to restore the site of a former wood treatment facility on the Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe reservation are nearly complete. As part of its commitment to public health and safety through the tribal Environmental Program, the tribe has been working since 1994 to return the land to its uncontaminated state. "Cleaning this area will improve the community," said Calvin Hunter, Jr., tribal board member and member of the tribe's environmental awareness committee. "Because of the chemicals left behind, the site was unable to be used. Now that the contaminants are being removed, the land can be reused and we can show the community and earth the respect they deserve." In 1992, the EPA investigated the site, in operation from 1961 to 1985, under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response and Liability Act (CERLA), and found several substances that were at levels in excess of federal standards. The clean up involves the use of native microorganisms that consume the contaminants and break down the chemicals.
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