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March 26, 2016--Hickenlooper: 'Time is now' to move on West's leaking mines (Denver Post)

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.

March 18, 2016--EPA, US Bureau of Reclamation and Western water districts collaborate on ICP (Hydrocarbon Engineering)

Three of the West’s largest municipal water agencies have partnered with federal agencies to kick off the latest round of an expanded competitive grant programme aimed at discovering the next generation of water saving devices and technologies. For the first time, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is participating with the US Bureau of Reclamation, as well as the Central A

March 5, 2016--San Juan Clean Water Coalition to hold launch party Monday (Durango Herald)

Six months before the Gold King Mine blowout, a grass-roots movement prompted elected officials in Southwest Colorado to propose a site-specific good Samaritan legislation for counties within the San Juan Mountains. The idea was to implement a pilot program that would provide adequate protections for parties undertaking remediation projects in the hopes the legislation could spread

February 29, 2016--Superfund cleanup sought for Gold King, other mines (Denver Post)

Silverton and San Juan County officials seeking a Superfund cleanup at the Gold King and 45 other leaking inactive mines are trusting EPA promises that they'll get priority. They say they've negotiated for months with the Environmental Protection Agency and feel the EPA role causing the Gold King disaster means local needs will be met. Gov.

February 27, 2016--New Mexico, Navajo Nation prepare for spring run-off carrying heavy metals (NMED News)

While temperatures warm and the high altitude snowpack in Colorado’s Southern Rockies & San Juan Mountains begins to melt, Animas/San Juan watershed communities are getting ready for the re-disturbance of toxic heavy metals in their primary water source. The U.S.

February 24, 2016--Future of Animas River Stakeholders Group uncertain (Durango Herald)

After more than 20 years leading the cleanup of mine waste in the Animas River basin, the future is a bit of a mystery for the Animas River Stakeholders Group now that a Superfund listing is officially in the works. “I think it’s really just up in the air,” said Peter Butler, a coordinator with the group. “We don’t know at this point.

February 23, 2016--Updating 19th century mining law proves hard as rock (Durango Herald)

When President Barack Obama recently proposed his $4.1 billion budget for the 2017 fiscal year, there was little surprise that it included a proposal for a hard-rock mining royalty fee to help remediate abandoned mines across the country. Beginning in 2011 with his 2012 fiscal year budget, updating the General Mining Law of 1872 has been a priority in his yearly budget proposals.

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.

February 14, 2016--Colorado counts on Gold King to spur cleanup of leaking old mines (Denver Post)

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 11, 2016--EPA 'seeks to strengthen' safe water laws amid widespread testing concerns (Guardian)

The US Environmental Protection Agency aims to “strengthen” existing safe water laws, in response to findings that many cities are downplaying the levels of lead in their water. Since news proliferated of dangerous lead contamination in Flint’s water, the Guardian revealed that numerous US cities and states, including Philadelphia, Detroit and Rhode

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