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October 7, 2016--EPA probes toxic Colorado mine tunnels, investigates possible harm to human health (Denver Post)

Sloshing knee-deep through acid orange muck in a dark mining tunnel, an EPA crew wearing air monitors and headlamps peered at a massive concrete plug, one of 13 installed in these cored-out mountains above Silverton. They are wrestling with the Environmental Protection Agency’s riskiest problem as post-Gold King disaster cleanup begins: whether to try to contain toxic mine


September 23, 2016--Heavy rain north of Durango muddies Animas River (Durango Herald)

Recent heavy rain in the high country north of Durango resulted in discoloration of the Animas River on Thursday near Silverton, according to an alert issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. The discoloration is not related to work at the Gold King Mine or an interim water-treatment plant, the 


September 14, 2016--Grass-roots cleanups continue in Silverton mining district (Durango Herald)

The Environmental Protection Agency may have declared Superfund status for 48 mining-related sites around Silverton, but that hasn’t stopped grass-roots efforts that have worked for more than two decades to improve water quality in the Animas River watershed. On Monday, a joint project between the Bureau of Land Management, the town of Silverton and volunteers from around the


September 13, 2016--Senators attempt to expedite Gold King reimbursements (Durango Herald)

A bipartisan group of senators on Monday introduced a measure that would expedite reimbursements to entities affected by last year’s Gold King Mine spill. Colorado senators Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Cory Gardner, a Republican, joined Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, John McCain, R-Arizona, and Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, in endorsing the measure, acc


September 8, 2016--Colorado town on verge of big changes amid Superfund cleanup (ABC News)

A historic Colorado mountain town is on the threshold of a transformation after the federal government announced it will embark on an ambitious campaign to stanch the flow of acidic wastewater cascading from abandoned mines. The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday designated an area north of Silverton as a Superfund site, clearing the way for a multimillion-dollar cleanu


September 3, 2016--EPA stabilizes Gold King, faces rising Colorado desire for fish-friendly clean water (Denver Post)

The EPA has stabilized the collapsing mouth of the Gold King Mine, cementing heaps of rock and sediment dug up during mining’s glory days, trying to prevent another blowout and pioneer a solution to the West’s continuing acid metals contamination of coveted water. And as the feds push through this work, they face once-resistant Colorado communities that are increasingly keen on


August 8, 2016--With cleanup, Silverton braces for other challenges (Durango Herald)

The jolting sight of a mustard-yellow river in the aftermath of the Gold King Mine spill was enough to incite the worst fears for Silverton’s future, mainly that the national headline-yielding blowout would destroy the community’s economic crown jewel: tourism. But a year later, with official Superfund status expected this fall, it appears the Environmental Protection Ag


August 6, 2016--EPA to pay $1.2M more in costs from Colorado mine spill (Associated Press)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it will pay another $1.2 million to tribes, states and local governments affected by a massive mine waste spill in southwestern Colorado. The announcement came on the anniversary of the blowout at the Gold King Mine near Silverton. An EPA-led crew inadvertently triggered the spill during preliminary cleanup work on Aug. 5, 2015.


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