U.S. Enviornmental Protection Agency

August 23, 2015--EPA likely not prepared for scope of Gold King Mine blowout (Durango Herald)

U.S. officials knew of the potential for a catastrophic “blowout” of wastewater from an inactive gold mine yet appeared to have only a cursory plan to deal with such an event when government contractors triggered a 3-million-gallon spill, according to internal documents released by the Environmental Protection Agency.


August 22, 2015--New documents show EPA tried to warn Colorado about blowout potential at Gold King Mine (Summit Voice)

The EPA knew there was potential for a dangerous blowout at the Gold King Mine at least since the summer of 2014, when the agency issued a Task Order Statement of Work.


August 21, 2015--Hickenlooper: Animas River will be better than before spill (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Though he meant no pun, Gov. John Hickenlooper said there may be a silver lining to the recent spill of heavy metals from an abandoned Silverton mine into the Animas River earlier this month.


August 20, 2015--Attorneys general hear account of Gold King Mine spill (Durango Herald)

Situated nearly 11,400 feet above sea level deep in the San Juan National Forest, the long-abandoned Gold King Mine is now surrounded by a flurry of activity from various state and federal agencies working to contain and treat wastewater leaking as a result of a catastrophic spill earlier this month just outside the small mountain town of Silverton.


August 17, 2015--Interior Department to investigate Gold King Mine accident (Durango Herald)

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that the Department of Interior will do an independent review of the Gold King Mine blowout. According to a news release, the Interior Department will work to assess what caused the release of three million gallons of metals-contaminated wastewater Aug. 5 from the mine near Silverton.


August 16, 2015--In wake of Animas River catastrophe, Bennet will back Good Samaritan law (Durango Herald)

The accident that turned the Animas River orange may be revitalizing efforts to allow more reclamation projects that wouldn’t be managed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Gold King Mine, now infamous for polluting the Animas River, is one of many mines near Silverton that have been oozing heavy metals for years.


August 16, 2015--Animas River spill's political fallout defies expectations (Denver Post)

In a Donald Trump-esque political moment, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper defied all convention, all health and environmental fears about the Animas River, and took a drink of its water five days after 3 million gallons of pollution turned it orange.


August 15, 2015--Fort Lewis College brings expertise to Animas River (Durango Herald)

Understanding the science and accessing information about the Animas River spill can be a challenge to the lay person, so Fort Lewis College is offering its resources to the community. “As FLC professors and students begin to arrive back on campus ahead of the first day of classes on Aug.


August 12, 2015--Experts see long-term calamity from Colorado mine spill (Science Monitor)

The toxic waste gushing from a Colorado mine and threatening downstream water supplies in at least three states will continue to be dangerous whenever contaminated sediments get stirred up from the river bottom, authorities said Wednesday, suggesting that there's no easy fix to what could be a long-term calamity.


February 15, 2015--Gulf of Mexico dead zone cleanup target pushed back (Summit Voice)

In a classic example of government double-speak, the EPA announced this week that Mississippi River Basin states want to speed the reduction of nutrients that cause a huge Gulf of Mexico dead zone, but that they’re pushing back their target date for a cleanup by 20 years.


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