Environmental Protection Agency proposes Superfund for San Juan County

DENVER – The Environmental Protection Agency has formally proposed a Superfund listing in San Juan County. The recommendation will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, which sets off a...

DATE: April 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

In D.C., Gov. John Hickenlooper seeks action on mine cleanups

DENVER (AP) – Over a recent breakfast, Gov. John Hickenlooper, fellow Western governors and chiefs of key federal agencies put their heads together on the problem of leaking inactive mines. It has...

DATE: March 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

EPA appoints Gold King Mine Superfund manager

Water sampling and community coordination will be the first items of business for Rebecca Thomas, the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly appointed remedial project manager for the Bonita Peak...

DATE: March 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

King II permit decision delayed

By a 4-1 vote, La Plata County officials have continued yet again a decision on the King II coal mine’s land-use permit application, which has been under negotiation for about six years. On...

DATE: March 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Concerns raised over King II coal mine dump site

Residents concerned with groundwater contamination from waste disposed by King II coal mine have prompted state officials to test for potentially volatile compounds such as lead and mercury. Since...

DATE: March 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hicknelooper set to OK Superfund cleanup of old mines

DENVER – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to take a key step Monday toward launching a federally funded cleanup of 48 old mining sites in the San Juan Mountains, formally endorsing a...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Updating 19th century mining law proves hard as rock

WASHINGTON D.C. – When President Barack Obama recently proposed his $4.1 billion budget for the 2017 fiscal year, there was little surprise that it included a proposal for a hard-rock mining...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County supports mining reclamation law

La Plata County commissioners unanimously approved a letter on Tuesday supporting revisions to the outdated General Mining Act of 1872. The county’s letter, addressed to U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet,...

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

Montezuma County looks to life after Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan’s local carbon dioxide production generated 62 percent of Montezuma County’s tax revenues in 2015. But the McElmo Dome field, the largest producing carbon dioxide reserve in the...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Environmental Protection Agency inches closer to meeting Silverton demands

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday sent a letter to Silverton officials proposing a Superfund site for the discharging mine district responsible for degrading water quality in the Animas...

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

N.M. official blasts EPA over Gold King spill

ALBUQUERQUE – The head of the New Mexico Environment Department blasted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday during a legislative committee meeting, saying federal officials are...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

La Plata County production-related toxic waste minimal compared with San Juan County, N.M.

An annual report that tracks production-related waste from industrial facilities found nearly 750 pounds of toxic chemicals were disposed in La Plata County in 2014. However, that number is utterly...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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