September 23, 2015--Gold King Mine's temporary treatment plant to open by Oct. 14 (Denver Post)

The federal government said Wednesday it will open a temporary water treatment system at the Gold King Mine by Oct. 14 to deal with the spoiled waters. The portable plant will treat 550 gallons per minute of water still discharging from the mine in southwest Colorado, according to an Environmental Protection Agency news release. The system, intended to meet treatment needsthrough the coming winter, will replace temporary settling ponds constructed by the EPA in August. During the Aug. 5 disaster, which was caused by the EPA, 3 million gallons of toxic metal-laden wastewater was released into Cement Creek, which flows into the Animas River, impacting Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, as well as the Southern Ute tribe and Navajo Nation. The portable system is necessary because winter temperatures at the mine's elevation of 10,500 feet north of Silverton can drop to 20 degrees below zero. EPA's contractor, ER LLC, awarded a subcontract on Sept. 22 to Alexco Environmental Group Inc. to do the work. The treatment system will neutralize the mine discharge and remove solids and metals, the news release says. The EPA continues to evaluate data to determine the impact of the Gold King Mine on water quality. To view the full article and report visit the Denver Post.