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Submitted by Administrator on June 8, 2016 - 11:32am
08/05/2016 8:00 am
From a June 7, 2016 Durango Herald article:
Acid sludge from the Gold King Mine has filled up waste bags at the Environmental Protection Agency’s emergency treatment plant on headwaters of the Animas River, forcing the feds to grapple with continued creek-cleaning and disposal. And untreated muck laced with heavy metals from three nearby mines still drains — at an average rate of 640 gallons a minute.
Over a recent Sunday breakfast, Gov. John Hickenlooper, fellow Western governors and chiefs of key federal agencies put their heads together on the problem of leaking inactive mines. It has stymied Western leaders for decades. But during that Feb.
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 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 15, 2016--Environmental Protection Agency inches closer to meeting Silverton demands (Durango Herald)
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday sent a letter to Silverton officials proposing a Superfund site for the discharging mine district responsible for degrading water quality in the Animas River. Last month, Silverton town trustees and San Juan County commissioners canceled a vote that would have directed Gov.
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
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.