Animas River

May 10, 2016--Silverton’s Gold King reckoning (High Country News)

On the morning of Aug. 5, 2015, a deep pool of acidic, metal-laden water was backed up behind debris in the Level 7 adit of the Gold King Mine on the slope of Bonita Peak, roughly 10 miles north of Silverton, Colorado.


May 4, 2016--Senators formally request criminal probe of Gold King Mine spill (Denver Post)

Two Republican senators on Tuesday formally requested a federal criminal probe of the Gold King Mine spill, saying enough evidence exists to suggest laws might have been broken in the August disaster. John McCain, R-Ariz., and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said in a letter to U.S.


April 29, 2016--Superfund management team lays out plans for 2016 (Durango Herald)

Environmental Protection Agency officials say by next month they intend to provide La Plata and San Juan counties a list of tasks it expects to complete in 2016 at the proposed Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site. “Next month, we could provide a more comprehensive briefing on 2016 activities, where we will collect data and figure out what questions that data will ans


April 28, 2016--EPA: La Plata County won’t get full reimbursement for Gold King (Durango Herald)

Environmental Protection Agency officials told dismayed La Plata County commissioners on Wednesday not to expect compensation for some Gold King Mine spill costs. For seven months, county staff has sunk several hundred hours into drafting a cooperative agreement asking the EPA to fund up to $2.4 million over 10 years for spill-related costs and preparation measures for future emergencies.&


April 27, 2016--Cadmium, lead, copper levels in Animas headwaters exceed Colorado limits (Denver Post)

Animas River headwaters contamination exceeds state standards for cadmium, copper, lead and other toxic acid metals draining from inactive mines, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and Sunnyside Gold Corp. revealed Tuesday. Until now, federal pronouncements after the EPA-triggered Aug.


April 26, 2016--Colorado senate passes abandoned mines cleanup bill (US)

Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources will soon be able to respond to emergency situations at more of the state’s abandoned mines. The Senate approved a bill Monday that allows the department to tackle situations threatening public safety or the environment at nearly any mine site. DNR’s Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety had been limited to si


EPA Releases Monitoring Plan for Animas and San Juan Rivers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) released its final monitoring plan for the Animas and San Juan rivers following the August 5, 2015 Gold King Mine incident. They also posted on their Gold King Mine website the results of surface water and sediment sampling collected as part of their yearlong effort to gather scientific data to evaluate ongoing river conditions, as well as impacts to public health and the environment.


April 12, 2016--Colorado lawmakers wrestle with old mines polluting streams (Denver Post)

State legislation aimed at helping government deal with inactive mines contaminating waterways advanced Monday, a step toward cleanups at sites that cannot qualify for a federal Superfund designation. the bill backed by Reps. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, and Don Coram, R-Montrose, passed the House on its second reading.


April 11, 2016--City of Durango to correct river’s path near Santa Rita (Durango Herald)

The Animas River is shifting away from city intake pumps near Santa Rita Park, so the city is planning to build rock weirs to safeguard the city’s water supply. The Florida River is the city’s primary source of water, but the Animas is a secondary source the city uses throughout the summer, said Utilities Director Steve Salka. The river favored the west bank upsteam from S


March 31, 2016--Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman questioned over Gold King (Cortez Journal)

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is preparing defensive and offensive strategies to legal disputes in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill.


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