U.S. Enviornmental Protection Agency

October 17, 2016--New EPA web portal helps communities prepare for climate change (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched a new online portal that will provide local leaders in the nation’s 40,000 communities with information and tools to increase resilience to climate change.


June 17, 2016--Drinking water in three Colorado cities contaminated with toxic chemicals above EPA limits (Denver Post)

Invisible toxic chemicals are contaminating drinking water for 80,000 people south of Colorado Springs, one of 63 areas nationwide where the chemicals, widely used to fight petroleum fires, have been measured at levels the EPA deems dangerous. These perfluorinated chemicals rank among the worst in an expanding multitude of unregulated contaminants that federal scientists are detecting in c


June 4, 2016--Scientists confer on effects of Colorado mine spill (Albuquerque Journal)

Nine months after mining sludge from the Gold King Mine turned the Animas and San Juan rivers yellow, scientists and researchers gathered here recently to share what they have learned so far regarding the contamination of the rivers from the spill in August 2015. “Immediately during and after the Gold King Mine spill, different groups started monitoring the river water, shores and ir


March 27, 2016--EPA appoints Gold King Mine Superfund manager (Durango Herald)

Water sampling and community coordination will be the first items of business for Rebecca Thomas, the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly appointed remedial project manager for the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site. Thomas has done remedial work on Superfund sites in Libby, Montana, which endured asbestos contamination, and the California Gulch and Kennecott Copper Mine


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 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


October 18, 2015--EPA: Colorado mine spill water treatment system proving effective (Denver Post)

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.


October 10, 2015--Animas spill: Fix what’s broken, don’t break what works (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The Environmental Protection Agency’s actions in releasing contaminants into the Animas River from the Gold King Mine has triggered much concern and debate about the agency’s actions at the site and what Congress may do to prevent such incidents in the future. Adding to the public’s confusion are erroneous statements by some who see this as a platform for enacting even mo


August 24, 2015--Mining laws need to change (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Beneath the acidic, toxic, yellow water spilling from the Gold King Mine into the Animas River, there are broader implications.


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