Gold King Mine

November 14, 2015--Silverton leaders leaning toward Superfund after Gold Kine Mine spill (Denver Post)

For roughly two decades, Silverton has rebuffed federal Superfund dollars to clean up the scores of abandoned mines leaching contaminants into its surroundings. But in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill, and under immense pressure from its downstream neighbors, the southwestern Colorado town's leaders are now leaning toward endorsing the controversial remedy.&nbsp


November 13, 2015--Metal sediment unlikely to dissolve (Durango Herald)

Scientists working on heavy metals in the Animas River delivered some good news about the sediment Friday. Metals in the sediment left by the August Gold King Mine breach are likely to wash downstream without dissolving, and this could avoid a more toxic environment for aquatic life, a panel of experts said at Fort Lewis College. The perfect spring weather would bring flows of 6,000 t


November 12, 2015--Colorado, EPA clash over state role in Gold King Mine deluge (Denver Post)

Colorado officials are disputing Environmental Protection Agency accounts of the botched cleanup at an inactive mine that spilled 3 million gallons of toxic heavy metals into the Animas River, saying state experts gave advice but did not approve EPA actions. An EPA internal review of the disaster found that state Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety experts supported EPA wor


November 11, 2015--Superfund tour through Colorado paints positive picture (Durango Herald)

It was a long, difficult road as the community of Leadville went through a more-than-20-year process through the Environmental Protection Agency’s hazardous cleanup Superfund program.


November 6, 2015--EPA widens investigation into Colorado mine-waste spill (Denver Channel)

The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general is expanding its investigation into a toxic spill from an inactive Colorado mine to include questions about whether the agency was following its own rules when it triggered the blowout. The inspector general's office said that it will add more than a dozen lines of inquiry, some requested by Congress and others raised by a rev


November 5, 2015--EPA working through Gold King Mine spill reimbursements (Cortez Journal)

La Plata County and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe may have as many as 180 additional days to reach an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency on reimbursement for costs associated with the Gold King Mine spill. The county and the tribe said last week that EPA headquarters in Washington hadn’t responded to multiple requests for an extension. Sens.


November 1, 2015--Stakeholders focus on Animas (Durango Herald)

Not wanting to let attention waiver on the need to improve water quality in the Animas River watershed, key stakeholders on Sunday held an informational open house at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. “If there is a silver lining, it’s that now there is all this awareness concerning the health of the river,” said Ann Oliver of the Animas Watershed Partnership. 


October 30, 2015--"Good Samaritan" legislation on agenda (Associated Press)

Congressional Republicans revived "Good Samaritan" legislation Thursday designed to encourage companies and nonprofits to help clean up thousands of abandoned mines across the nation by protecting them from liability for environmental accidents. The proposal was one of three the House Natural Resources Committee unveiled after the Environmental Protection Agency inadvertently unl


October 29, 2015--Gold King mine owner: I won’t let Gladstone get stolen from me (Durango Herald)

Todd Hennis, owner of the Gold King Mine, made his first public appearance on Tuesday since the Aug. 5 blowout, and he had strong words for the Environmental Protection Agency and members of the Animas River Stakeholders Group. Hennis acquired the Gold King Mine in 2005 as part a foreclosure sale and has never had the opportunity to mine the network.


October 28, 2015--Mountain Studies Institute to interpret EPA Animas River pollution data (Durango Herald)

After the Gold King Mine blowout in August, much public discussion has centered around how to treat ongoing river pollution, but much of the data on heavy metals provided by the Environmental Protection Agency has been difficult to interpret. Through Mountain Studies Institute, the Durango city council is hoping to make all the data collected from the river more understandable. The no


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