U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency

May 22, 2016--Post-Gold King power shift: EPA moves in, local river groups seek role (Denver Post)

The Environmental Protection Agency's push toward a Superfund cleanup of mines poisoning the Animas River brings a power shift — one that worries newly energized Colorado watershed groups seeking an active role. For two decades, the local Animas River Stakeholder Group drove efforts to deal with acid metals draining from the hundreds of mines drilled into mountains above Silverto


February 23, 2016--After years of opposition, Silverton oks Superfund plan (Colorado Public Radio)

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.


January 30, 2016--Durango may move forward with Superfund support letter (Durango Herald)

Although Silverton and San Juan County officials last week delayed a decision on seeking Superfund status, Durango City Mayor Dean Brookie is considering sending a letter to Gov.


December 20, 2015--La Plata County tests for elements not previously sampled at Gold King Mine (Durango Herald)

An independent analysis of sediment at the Gold King Mine adit found trace amounts of uranium isotopes, but at levels far below typical screening thresholds. The study was done in September by Wright Water Engineers on behalf of La Plata County government.


November 2, 1015--Colorado lawmakers pursue mine cleanup bill (Durango Herald)

Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation are continuing to pursue separate good Samaritan mine-restoration legislation, even as a new bill focusing on the same issue was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep.


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. 


August 18, 2015--After the blowout: Silverton faces watershed moment in wake of Gold King Spill (Silverton Standard)

Tucked in amongst towering mountains and surrounded by wilderness with no easy way in or out, Silverton is one of the smallest, highest, most rugged and isolated communities in Colorado. But the three million gallon spill that the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally unleashed from the nearby Gold King Mine into Cement Creek and the Animas River on Aug.


August 14, 2015--Feds look at long-term solution to mining pollution (Daily Times)

While experts continue to monitor conditions on the Animas River after a spill last week at the Gold King Mine in Colorado, federal officials are beginning to discuss solutions to the decades-old problem of pollution in the Upper Animas Mining District. On Wednesday, a bipartisan coalition of U.S.


July 14, 2014--EPA's efforts to clarify the Clean Water Act upsets Colorado farmers (Colorado Public Radio)

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule in March that is intended to clarify which waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act.


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