04 May '11, 11am

Shingle Mountain is Denver’s Worst Enemy

Shingle Mountain is Denver’s Worst Enemy

The mountain of shingles in downtown Denver reaches 30 feet high. Photo: University of Denver About seven miles north of downtown Denver, a menacing field of broken asphalt shards towers 30 feet over the street, marginally contained by a dilapidated fence less than a third of its height. Welcome to shingle mountain. That’s what area residents in this low-income community call the eyesore of a landmark, a recycling depository for old asphalt shingles that poses a serious health and environmental hazard to the neighborhood. Neighbors worried about asbestos contamination notified the city when the pile appeared last June, but other than a fire safety warning, authorities left the recycler alone. Now, almost a year later, the issue is making headlines thanks to a couple of law students and their professor Michael Harris at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. On beha...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2011/05/04/shingle-mountain-denve/

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