Water Quality

August 19, 2016--Rio water pollution reflects global crisis (Guardian)

The heavily contaminated waters of Rio don’t only put at risk the health of Olympians (Report, 3 August), they adversely affect the millions of people facing this faecal nightmare day in and day out. Despite Brazil being an upper-middle income country,


August 8, 2016--With cleanup, Silverton braces for other challenges (Durango Herald)

The jolting sight of a mustard-yellow river in the aftermath of the Gold King Mine spill was enough to incite the worst fears for Silverton’s future, mainly that the national headline-yielding blowout would destroy the community’s economic crown jewel: tourism. But a year later, with official Superfund status expected this fall, it appears the Environmental Protection Ag


August 6, 2016--EPA to pay $1.2M more in costs from Colorado mine spill (Associated Press)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it will pay another $1.2 million to tribes, states and local governments affected by a massive mine waste spill in southwestern Colorado. The announcement came on the anniversary of the blowout at the Gold King Mine near Silverton. An EPA-led crew inadvertently triggered the spill during preliminary cleanup work on Aug. 5, 2015.


August 2, 2016--EPA report links Colorado to errors that led to Gold King Mine spill (Durango Herald)

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to link the state to errors that resulted in the release of 3 million gallons of toxic mining sludge into the Animas River. In a one-year retrospective released Monday by the EPA, the federal agency is careful to underscore how the state was involved in planning that led to the blowout, which turned the Animas mustard yellow and deposite


August 2, 2016--Sunnyside Gold Corp. calls for dismissal of New Mexico lawsuit (Durango Herald)

Twenty-five years ago Tuesday, Sunnyside Gold Corp. shuttered the last operating mine in Silverton, yet the company’s involvement in the region is very much alive. On Friday, Sunnyside – now owned by international mining conglomerate Kinross Gold Corp.


July 11, 2016--Fishermen get good news about Animas River after mine spill (CBS News)

Wildlife officials shared some good news, saying their testing shows the fish survived with no evidence of die-offs. But the problems are far from over. “Hopefully it brought some awareness to that, and hopefully they start to clean some of that stuff up so that it will still hold fish for a long time,” fisherman Max Westheimer said.


July 10, 2016--Gold King Mine spill-related legislation inches forward (Durango Herald)

In the last year, Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., as well as Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and Rep.


July 8, 2016--Pollution control systems added to Rico Argentine mine (Cortez Journal)

After last year’s Gold King Mine blowout near Silverton, which dumped 3 million gallons of heavy metals into the Animas River, eyes turned to the Rico Argentine mine. The long-closed site is on about 80 acres just north of Rico. Its leaking St.


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