Environmental cleanup

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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FLC students plan river cleanup

Fort Lewis College students are organizing a community river cleanup event. The cleanup will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Meet at Schneider Park, next to the Durango Skate Park....

DATE: Nov. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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EPA updates Durango on Superfund site

An Environmental Protection Agency public meeting Tuesday was a learning experience for residents further downstream of the Superfund site that targets mines around Silverton. The meeting, held at...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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EPA updates Silverton on cleanup

What a difference a year makes. This time last year, the Environmental Protection Agency, having breached the portal of the Gold King Mine on Aug. 5, 2015, was still the target of public lashing...

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

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Taxpayers to foot bill for Freda Mine cleanup

Taxpayers again must foot the bill for cleaning up a Colorado mine site previously operated by embroiled company Red Arrow Gold Corp. “We wrote a violation, and recalculated his (Red Arrow owner...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News