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February 6, 2016--Durango, Silverton officials, governor back Superfund listing (Durango Herald)

Officials are edging closer to recommending a Superfund listing in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill after closed-door meetings Friday. Gov. John Hickenlooper met with officials from Durango, Silverton and San Juan County late Friday afternoon.

January 28, 2016--Gold King Mine spill legislation drowns in Colorado Legislature (Durango Herald)

Southwest Colorado feels forgotten in the aftermath of the Gold King Mine spill, state lawmakers heard Wednesday. Rep.

January 27, 2016--EPA blamed for delay on Superfund in Silverton (Durango Herald)

Frustration for failing to meet a Jan. 31 deadline to be considered for a Superfund listing this spring was evident Tuesday night in Silverton, but the town’s hired attorneys assured elected officials negotiations have not derailed. 

January 26, 2016--Senate fails to overturn presidential veto of water rule resolution (Durango Herald)

Opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the United States rule failed to garner enough votes in the Senate last week to override President Barack Obama’s veto of their resolution of disapproval regarding the rule. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., voted in support of overriding the president’s veto of Senate Joint Resolution 22.

January 22, 2016--Silverton drafting Superfund-seeking letter to Colorado's governor (Denver Post)

Attorneys for Silverton and San Juan County are in the process of drafting a letter to Colorado's governor in support of Superfund cleanup for its leaching, abandoned mines. While the request still must be approved by the town's elected officials next week, the action represents the most significant move since the Gold King Mine spill in August prompted cries for a large-

January 17, 2016--Silverton to EPA: Keep Gold King sludge out of Animas (Denver Post)

Colorado mountain residents hardest-hit by the EPA-triggered Gold King Mine disaster say they'd like to make Silverton a research hub to find a better way — beyond building water treatment plants — to deal with thousands of mines leaking toxic acids. Since August, the Environmental Protection Agency has relied on a temporary plant to remove millions of tons of metals sludge

Silverton and San Juan County Officials Authorize NPL Discussions

In response to the recent Gold King Mine incident on the Animas River, in November, Silverton and San Juan County officials participated in a tour of several Superfund sites in Colorado. Since then, both governments have authorized their representatives to meet with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, as well as the U.S. EPA to discuss what would be involved if the area were to be given a National Priority Listing (NPL) under the Superfund program. These discussions are preliminary and no decisions have been made, though one of the conditions desired by the local governments is that money be made available now to address the mining drainage in Upper Cement Creek.

December 19, 2015--State official who clashed with EPA over mine spill resigns (Associated Press)

Colorado's top environmental official is stepping down, months after he clashed with federal authorities over a massive spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive mine in southwest Colorado. Mike King's resignation was announced Thursday. The executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources had led the agency since 2010. King clashed with the U.S.

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