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BP fined $40,000 for 2016 spill into Sauls Creek

BP American Production Co. was fined $40,000 on Monday for a December 2016 spill near Bayfield that leaked coal-bed methane-produced water into Sauls Creek. The penalty was levied at the Colorado...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | UPDATED: 5 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

State rejects demolition plan for old Cortez school

An attempt by the Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District to cut $1 million from the cost of demolishing the retired high school has been rejected by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA removes mine waste it used to improve road near Silverton

Mine waste that was used by an Environmental Protect Agency contracted crew to resurface a road north of Silverton has been cleaned up and removed, according to agency officials. Andrew Mutter, a...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA seeks public comments on Gold King Mine project

If you have an opinion on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to prevent another blowout at the Gold King Mine, now is your chance to comment. The EPA on Tuesday announced that proposed...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Funding to reclaim abandoned mines falls short

WASHINGTON, D.C. – State and federal mine cleanup programs have had a difficult time making headway because the projects are so costly. U.S. House members gathered last week to discuss the...

DATE: June 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

NRC urges uranium miner to review all operations

Nuclear regulators are concerned that a Wyoming uranium mining company, which twice spilled nuclear waste in southeast Utah, may have a larger safety culture problem after it was issued nine...

DATE: May 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA arrives in Towaoc for asbestos cleanup

Asbestos contamination has forced the Towoac Recreation Center to close and triggered an Environment Protection Agency cleanup. The 30,000-square-foot building in downtown Towaoc was built in 1964....

DATE: April 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mosquito-control district wants your old car tires

More than 2,000 junk tires were removed from properties around La Plata County this week, eliminating an eyesore as well as prime breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes. And on Saturday,...

DATE: March 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Radon mitigation considered at Roberta Shirley Center preschool in Durango

A Durango preschool is considering mitigation work after finding heightened levels of radon in its building. Recent test results showed radon levels dropped at the Roberta Shirley Center compared...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College grad works on Navajo Nation food security

Brandon Francis grew up dryland farming on the Navajo Nation, but veered in a couple of directions before returning to his agricultural roots. And, as luck and timing would have it, during the...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

BP pipeline ruptures near Bayfield, spills into Sauls Creek

A BP pipeline running along Sauls Creek in Bayfield was discovered ruptured last week, spilling coal-bed methane produced water into the creek and forcing the emergency construction of an earthen...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sunnyside Gold challenges EPA’s Superfund list

Sunnyside Gold Corp. is challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently declared Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund designation, arguing some mining sites in the listing were...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News