Environmental cleanup

EPA looks to develop road map for mine cleanup around Silverton

How should the Environmental Protection Agency start the massive cleanup of mines leaching heavy metals into the headwaters of the Animas River around Silverton? That’s what the agency wants to...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 8 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Of 115 homeowners contacted, 1 shows up for meeting about uranium waste

Letters were sent last week to Durango-area homeowners warning of potential uranium waste on their property, but on Wednesday, only one resident attended an informational meeting led by the state...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Letters sent to Durango residents warning of potential radioactive waste

Residents who potentially have radioactive waste on their property may receive a letter from the state health department in the coming days, alerting them of the possible contamination and health...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

County has no say in proposed uranium dump site

It turns out La Plata County has no authority to stop the construction of a uranium disposal site near Bondad proposed by the state’s health department. Recently, the Colorado Department of Public...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Proposed uranium dump site near Bondad faces stiff opposition

Residents who live near a proposed uranium tailings disposal site south of Durango near Bondad made clear Thursday night they don’t want radioactive waste brought to their neighborhood. “If it’s...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Temporary uranium disposal site proposed south of Durango

A temporary disposal site for uranium tailings that were once used in construction projects around Durango has been proposed south of town, but some nearby residents are not happy. In the...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

50 volunteers spend Sunday cleaning homeless camps

Work gloves on, rakes, shovels and hoes at the ready, about 50 civic-minded residents dedicated their Sunday afternoon to cleaning up scores of recently active homeless camps in Overend Mountain...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Saving the planet from disposable diapers

Susan Atkinson describes herself as a climate activist – she’s had letters warning about the dangers of climate change published in USA Today and newspapers in 11 states. But she was frustrated by...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

One less mine to clean in Superfund site near Silverton?

The Environmental Protection Agency may be able to cross one of its 48 mine sites included in the Superfund around Silverton off its list. Recently, the Colorado Department of Reclamation, Mining...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River Stakeholders disband after 25 years of cleanup efforts

It’s the end of the Animas River Stakeholders Group. After leading the cleanup of mine waste in the headwaters of the Animas River for more than 25 years, group co-founder Peter Butler announced...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Uranium dumpsite south of Durango leaching into groundwater

Radioactive waste has been contaminating the groundwater below a uranium tailings dumpsite just outside Durango for at least a decade, and still, after all these years, U.S. government officials...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildlife roam where U.S. once made nuclear and chemical arms

DENVER – From sites outside Colorado’s largest city to a leafy Indiana forest, a handful of places where the United States manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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