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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.
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
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.
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Join the Animas Watershed Partnership (AWP) and speakers on December 3rd at the Durango Library (1900 E 3rd Ave, Durango, CO 81301) for information about the Colorado Watershed Assembly and septic systems from San Juan Basin Health. Presentations by Brian Devine and Chad Engelhardt with the Environmental Health Division at San Juan Basin Health.
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.
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
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.
Politicians, activists, tribes and media outlets have expressed shock at last month's abandoned mine spill in Colorado, which sent 3 million gallons of polluted water down the Animas River. But environmental advocates and groups that have for decades been trying to clean up the legacy of unregulated mining say the incident pales in comparison to the broader problem of tens of thousands
Whether it’s been biology, chemistry, language arts, social studies or math, teachers in many local schools have incorporated the Gold King Mine spill into their classwork.
A newly-installed temporary wastewater treatment system at the Gold King Mine site is already proving very effective, the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday. "The system is now operating 24 hours a day," the EPA said in a statement to The Denver Post.