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Forecast for Animas River flows doesn’t look rosy

The forecast for the spring runoff on the Animas River does not look promising: below-average water volumes, a below-average peak flow and an early snowpack melt. “I think, unfortunately, it’s one...

DATE: May 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA relaxes pollution reporting requirements during COVID-19 response

The Environmental Protection Agency notified chemical plants, power companies and other facilities last week that they do not have to meet the legal requirements for reporting air and water...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Owner of Gold King Mine not happy with proposed cleanup solution

Todd Hennis, owner of the Gold King Mine, is not happy about the proposed Superfund cleanup around Silverton, saying the suggestion to plug more mines only redistributes potentially toxic water and...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM removes mine waste leaching into Animas River

The Bureau of Land Management has cleaned up mine tailings north of Silverton that were leaching heavy metals into the Animas River. Brant Porter, a BLM spokesman, said the contaminated mine waste...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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 | CATEGORY: Local News

Water samples show no impact from Silver Wing Mine spill

A mine that spilled into the Animas River north of Silverton did not impact water quality, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which collected samples and analyzed the data. It was...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA: Mine spilling waste into Animas River returns to normal

The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it would continue to monitor a mine that spilled wastewater into the Animas River and added sampling results should be available next week. Crews...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mine spill reported in Animas River; severity being investigated

A mine spill into the Animas River was reported late Wednesday. Christina Progess, the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead for the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site, said the size and...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Repeal of federal water rule brings comfort to agricultural communities

Lawmakers, ranchers and agriculturalists are lauding last week’s decision by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to repeal the 2015 Waters of the United States rule....

DATE: Sept. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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

Where to store sludge? Sunnyside Gold offers site to the EPA

Sunnyside Gold Corp. has offered one of its waste storage sites north of Silverton as a permanent solution for a place to put the sludge generated from the water-treatment plant that was built...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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