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August 13th, 2015

August 11, 2015--EPA: Decision to reopen Animas River a week off (Durango Herald)

The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday it doesn’t anticipate any decisions on whether to reopen the Animas River in Durango until at least Aug. 17.


August 10th

August 10, 2015--EPA Says It Released 3 Million Gallons Of Contaminated Water Into River (NPR)

In an event that has led to health warnings and turned a river orange, the Environmental Protection Agency says one of its safety teams accidentally released contaminated water from a mine into the Animas River in southwest Colorado. The spill, which sent heavy metals, arsenic and other contaminants into a waterway that flows into the San Juan National Forest, occurred Wednesday.


August 9, 2015--Tens of thousands of mines filled with toxic water lie under the West (Associated Press)

Beneath the western United States lie thousands of old mining tunnels filled with the same toxic stew that spilled into a Colorado river last week, turning it into a nauseating yellow concoction and stoking alarm about contamination of drinking water.


August 9, 2015--Animas River: La Plata and Durango declare state of emergency (Durango Herald)

Three million gallons of water containing mining waste has poured into the Animas River since Wednesday, and it is still unclear what the environmental and health impact of the spill, caused by the Environmental Protection Agency, will be.


August 8, 2015--Can life survive in the Animas River? (Durango Herald)

As about 1 million gallons of toxic sludge makes its way from Gold King Mine down the Animas River, scientists, politicians and Durango residents are bracing for the environmental fallout. At a public meeting Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency said initial testing indicates the water contains levels of cadmium, lead, aluminum, copper and arsenic too high for safe drinking water.


August 7, 2015--More water released into Animas River after wastewater spill (CBS News)

More water is being released into the Animas River in an attempt to flush out the one million gallons of wastewater from a San Juan County mine spilling into the water. The EPA also released a statement about what happened. The source of the wastewater is from the Gold King Mine near Silverton. It happened on Wednesday while U.S.


August 6th

August 6, 2015--River users warned of mine waste (Durango Herald)

Animas River users are being advised to stay off the water today until contaminated water from a mine mishap above Silverton has passed through Durango. The accident occurred about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Gold King Mine in San Juan County.


August 5th

August 5, 2015--County residents should pay more for water, study finds (Durango Herald)

La Plata County residents should pay double the rate Durango residents are charged for city water to maintain the infrastructure they use, an analysis by Wildan Financial Services found. The document was released during a Utilities Commission meeting Monday, and it outlined how much more it costs the city to maintain infrastructure for county residents than it does for city residents.


August 4, 2015--Wildfires decimate U.S. Forest Service budget (USA Today)

Costs to battle massive, explosive wildfires have decimated the budget of the U.S. Forest Service charged with fighting the blazes, according to a new report released Wednesday. For the first time in its 110-year history, the U.S. Forest Service says it spends more than 50% of its annual budget on firefighting at the expense of other programs to prevent the infernos.


August 3, 2015--Climate change: Oceans will die even if we remove carbon dioxide from atmosphere, say scientists (Independent)

Attempts to save the world from global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while continuing to burn fossil fuels are unlikely to prevent the oceans from dying as a result of a build-up of acidity, scientists have found.