Gold King Mine

February 23, 2016--After years of opposition, Silverton oks Superfund plan (Colorado Public Radio)

Silverton and San Juan County leaders voted unanimously to pursue Superfund status on Monday to clean up the Gold King and other inactive mines in the area. The plan includes 46 mines and two settling areas. “I think history has been made.


February 23, 2016--Updating 19th century mining law proves hard as rock (Durango Herald)

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 royalty fee to help remediate abandoned mines across the country. Beginning in 2011 with his 2012 fiscal year budget, updating the General Mining Law of 1872 has been a priority in his yearly budget proposals.


February 19, 2016--Silverton, EPA to consider 46 mining sites in potential Superfund cleanup (Denver Post)

ilverton leaders have agreed with the Environmental Protection Agency to consider 46 abandoned mines and mine-production sites that dot its surroundings for a potential Superfund cleanup, documents released Friday show. The locations are in three basins that drain into the Animas River and have long been blamed for contaminating the waterway with heavy metal runoff.


February 14, 2016--Colorado counts on Gold King to spur cleanup of leaking old mines (Denver Post)

Of the 230 inactive mines the state recognized six months ago as causing the worst damage to Colorado waterways, state officials say 148 have not been fully evaluated. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has cobbled together $300,000 for an "inventory initiative" to round up records and set priorities.


February 13, 2016--EPA pens Silverton a letter proposing Superfund and full of assurances (Denver Post)

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent a letter to Silverton's leaders formally proposing a Superfund cleanup of the area's abandoned mines and full of promises about the controversial remedy. The memo comes as the town is in the final stages of deciding whether to embrace the Superfund program and seeks assurances about what the federal dollars would


February 6, 2016--Durango, Silverton officials, governor back Superfund listing (Durango Herald)

Officials are edging closer to recommending a Superfund listing in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill after closed-door meetings Friday. Gov. John Hickenlooper met with officials from Durango, Silverton and San Juan County late Friday afternoon.


February 4, 2016--Durango sends letter to Colorado governor in support of Superfund (Durango Herald)

As Silverton and San Juan County officials continue struggling with the terms of Superfund designation, Mayor Dean Brookie said the city of Durango sent a letter this week to Gov.


January 30, 2016--Durango may move forward with Superfund support letter (Durango Herald)

Although Silverton and San Juan County officials last week delayed a decision on seeking Superfund status, Durango City Mayor Dean Brookie is considering sending a letter to Gov.


January 28, 2016--Gold King Mine spill legislation drowns in Colorado Legislature (Durango Herald)

Southwest Colorado feels forgotten in the aftermath of the Gold King Mine spill, state lawmakers heard Wednesday. Rep.


January 27, 2016--EPA blamed for delay on Superfund in Silverton (Durango Herald)

Frustration for failing to meet a Jan. 31 deadline to be considered for a Superfund listing this spring was evident Tuesday night in Silverton, but the town’s hired attorneys assured elected officials negotiations have not derailed. 


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