Gold King Mine spill

EPA places Silverton’s Superfund site on fast-track pilot program

The Superfund site made up of mine sites around Silverton contaminating the Animas River has been chosen to be part of a new pilot study that aims to speed up the Environmental Protection Agency’s...

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

Bill would require mining companies to demonstrate they can mitigate pollution

Hardrock mining companies in Colorado may be required to demonstrate they can pay to treat polluted water and give a timeline for performing treatment before receiving permits, according to a bill...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2019 | BLOG: Purple Mountain Politics

Citizens group for Superfund site to meet Thursday for first time

With most members set, a citizens group that aims to provide input on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund site of mining areas around Silverton will meet for the first time Thursday. In...

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

Plant treats Gold King Mine waste despite government shutdown

Despite the government shutdown, now in its fifth day, the water-treatment plant that cleans mine waste from the Gold King Mine will not cease operations, according to the Environmental Protection...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community group forming to provide Superfund input

The Superfund cleanup of mines around the Animas River headwaters may take an untold number of years to complete, but a new citizens group intends to hang in there every step of the way. For years,...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Utah, U.S. to launch study on mining pollution in Lake Powell

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah and U.S. government officials will launch a study this month to determine the extent of mining pollution in Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona border. Heavy metals washed into...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Which was worse for water quality: Gold King Mine spill or 416 Fire floods?

A new report shows that runoff from the 416 Fire burn scar this summer dumped higher concentrations of potentially toxic metals into the Animas River than the Gold King Mine spill three years ago....

DATE: Nov. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA asks courts to toss Navajo Nation’s lawsuit over Gold King Mine spill

The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, has asked that a federal court dismiss a lawsuit filed by members of the Navajo Nation seeking repayment of damages...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA’s quick-action Superfund plan receives flak from commenters

The Environmental Protection Agency changed course this week and released public comments on its proposed quick-action cleanup plan for 26 mines in the Superfund site around Silverton. The agency...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study finds no lasting impacts from Gold King Mine spill

A three-year water-quality study found no lasting impacts from the Gold King Mine spill in 2015. San Juan Basin Public Health said the study started the day after the spill Aug. 5, 2015, in...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

5th lawsuit filed against EPA over 2015 Gold King Mine waste spill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A fifth lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a mine waste spill the agency inadvertently triggered in 2015, polluting rivers in Colorado,...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Work to resume at American Tunnel, one of more vexing polluters

The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday work is expected to resume at the American Tunnel Mine, one of the biggest problem areas in the Superfund site north of Silverton. In coordination...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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