EPA to drill into mine west of Silverton at risk of blowout

The Environmental Protection Agency plans this summer to drill into the collapsed entrance of a mine near Silverton that’s at risk of a blowout. If the situation sounds familiar, it is. The EPA in...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

New Mexico reaches $11 million settlement with mining company over Gold King spill

The state of New Mexico has reached an $11 million settlement with Silverton-based Sunnyside Gold Corp. over costs related to the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, the state announced Wednesday. The...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

EPA orders access to water treatment plant north of Silverton

The Environmental Protection Agency issued the owner of the Gold King Mine an order for access to the property where the water treatment plant is located, north of Silverton, after a long-term...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Five environmental issues to watch in 2021

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look at the most pressing environmental issues that face Southwest Colorado in the year to come, and there’s no shortage of them. How will the...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Silverton Superfund site to remain on high-priority list, EPA says

A Superfund that consists of nearly 50 mining sites around Silverton will remain on the Environmental Protection Agency’s high-priority list after public pressure mounted at the prospect of...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA announces Colorado-based office to clean abandoned mines

The Environmental Protection Agency is creating a new office in Lakewood that will focus on cleaning abandoned hard-rock mining sites west of the Mississippi River, including the Bonita Peak Mining...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

With federal regulations rolled back, New Mexico forges ahead to curb methane

New Mexico’s governor is not happy about the Trump administration’s rollback of methane regulations for the oil and gas industry. “It is utterly disheartening and sadly unsurprising to hear once...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Five years after Gold King Mine spill, water quality remains a concern

SILVERTON – Five years ago today, a breach at the Gold King Mine north of Silverton sent a deluge of water loaded with heavy metals into the Animas River, turning the waterway an electric-orange...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA proposes permanent mine waste dump site north of Silverton

It appears the Environmental Protection Agency has found a place for long-term storage of mine waste near Silverton. The EPA announced this week it is proposing a waste repository for the Bonita...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA will temporarily plug ‘bad boy’ mine near Silverton

The Environmental Protection Agency will temporarily close a bulkhead at one of the worst polluting mines near Silverton as an experiment to better understand hydrology in the region. Bulkheads are...

DATE: July 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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