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Durango’s wastewater treatment plant behind schedule

The city of Durango’s most expensive construction project, which has been on time and on budget for almost two years, has fallen behind schedule. But it isn’t for lack of progress; rather, it’s...

DATE: June 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield firm looks to revolutionize wastewater treatment

BAYFIELD – A small, 3½-year-old firm is talking to venture capitalists and angel investors looking for $1.3 million in investments by May to commercialize a chemical compound to clean wastewater...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

County reconsiders new septic regulations

Montezuma County Commissioners are reconsidering a new regulation they previously approved that prevents nonfunctioning septic systems. The commissioners voted 3-0 to put a six-month moratorium on...

DATE: Feb. 7, 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

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

EPA seeks dismissal of lawsuit over Colorado mine spill

ALBUQUERQUE – The Environmental Protection Agency wants a federal court to toss a lawsuit filed by Utah, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation seeking the repayment of cleanup costs from the Gold King...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Ash runoff from 416 Fire turns Animas River black

The Animas River in Durango ran black Monday as a result of rain over the weekend washing down ash from the 416 Fire burn area. Since June 1, the 416 Fire has burned more than 34,000 acres, mostly...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Backlog gives Durango reprieve from wastewater quality deadline

In an effort to meet new state water-quality standards by March, the city of Durango rushed to ask voters in 2015 to approve more than $60 million in debt so it could start construction on the...

DATE: April 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA may be overstating claims from Gold King Mine spill

DENVER – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has almost finished an overdue review of damage claims from the Gold King Mine spill that the agency accidentally triggered, but an...

DATE: March 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

UN: Better protections needed from mine water disasters

BILLINGS, Mont. – A string of mining waste disasters – some deadly – over the past decade show better protections are needed for communities downstream of massive polluted material storage sites,...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Scott Pruitt’s trip to Silverton among questioned costs

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is taking heat this week for allegedly spending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars, and that includes spending $5,719.58 on a chartered...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Promising new technology cleans mine wastewater near Silverton

High in the San Juan Mountains, north of Silverton, a small, makeshift trailer is churning with new, promising technology that may have implications for treating mine pollution throughout the West....

DATE: Aug. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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