Gold King Mine

June 16, 2016--Half of Utah lakes don’t meet water quality standard (Cortez Journal)

More than half of Utah’s lakes and nearly half of its streams don’t meet federal water quality standards, according to a new report from the Utah Division of Water Quality. Metal levels are high on parts of the San Juan River, which was affected by a massive spill that sent 3 million gallons of acid mine waste from the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado into rivers


June 15, 2016--EPA Gold King Mine coordinator retires as Animas water, soil tests begin (Denver Post)

The Environmental Protection Agency’s coordinator for work at the Gold King and other mines contaminating Animas River headwaters is retiring as the feds begin soil and water tests before a Superfund cleanup. EPA on-scene coordinator Steve Way was away on vacation Aug. 5 when contractors led by fellow EPA coordinator Hays Griswold triggered a blowout at the Gold King.


Super FUNDays: Silverton aims for a little fun on Gold King Mine spill anniversary

08/05/2016 8:00 am

From a June 7, 2016 Durango Herald article:


June 4, 2016--Scientists confer on effects of Colorado mine spill (Albuquerque Journal)

Nine months after mining sludge from the Gold King Mine turned the Animas and San Juan rivers yellow, scientists and researchers gathered here recently to share what they have learned so far regarding the contamination of the rivers from the spill in August 2015. “Immediately during and after the Gold King Mine spill, different groups started monitoring the river water, shores and ir


May 29, 2016--Coloradans press EPA on fate of emergency Gold King treatment plant (Denver Post)

Acid sludge from the Gold King Mine has filled up waste bags at the Environmental Protection Agency’s emergency treatment plant on headwaters of the Animas River, forcing the feds to grapple with continued creek-cleaning and disposal. And untreated muck laced with heavy metals from three nearby mines still drains — at an average rate of 640 gallons a minute.


May 28, 2016--EPA extends Superfund public comment period (Durango Herald)

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday extended the public comment period on the proposed Superfund site in San Juan County to June 13. The extension will give the public an additional week to comment on the Bonita Peak Mining District, which encompasses nearly 50 sites. The site was placed on the Federal Register in April for consideration on the National Priorities List.&nb


May 24, 2016--The color of dread: The Animas River runs yellow, again (Colorado Independent)

It’s back – the color of dread. The mustard hue that triggered global headlines after last summer’s Gold King Mine spill has returned to parts of Southwest Colorado’s Animas River. As much as Durango business boosters strive to put the August 2015 disaster behind them, some locals see this week’s especially yellow flows as a reminder of the questions stil


May 22, 2016--Post-Gold King power shift: EPA moves in, local river groups seek role (Denver Post)

The Environmental Protection Agency's push toward a Superfund cleanup of mines poisoning the Animas River brings a power shift — one that worries newly energized Colorado watershed groups seeking an active role. For two decades, the local Animas River Stakeholder Group drove efforts to deal with acid metals draining from the hundreds of mines drilled into mountains above Silverto


May 18, 2016--Gold King Mine spill issues dissected at conference (Durango Herald)

 About 130 people gathered for the first day of a mining conference aimed at better understanding the environmental conditions facing the Animas and San Juan rivers. Hosted by the New Mexico Water Resource Research Institute, various local and municipal agencies throughout three states, two Native American tribes and three Environmental Protection Agency regions attended sessions


May 18, 2016--Trout Unlimited, MSI launch Animas River monitoring following Gold King spill (Pagosa Daily Post)

Trout Unlimited, Mountain Studies Institute and partners yesterday announced plans for a multi-year monitoring of the Animas River to gauge the overall health of the Animas River and whether the Gold King Mine spill in 2015 is impacting aquatic health in the world-class trout waters through Durango. “We’re lucky that our community’s Gold Medal trout fishery wasn&rsqu


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