Archive - 2009

November 30th

November 25, 2009--Colorado to get $42 million from Asarco bankruptcy (Aspen Times)

Mining sites in Colorado will receive $42 million for environmental cleanup projects as part of the bankruptcy organization plan for copper mining company Asarco LLC. The Colorado attorney general's office said Tuesday that Colorado's share is part of a settlement that involves 19 states and more than 50 remediation sites. Asarco filed bankruptcy in Texas in 2005.

November 25, 2009--Udall co-sponsoring bill to at last reform 1872 mining law (Colorado Independent)

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall has taken a careful look at mining reform proposals and has announced that he is co-sponsoring the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2009, a Senate bill sponsored by New Mexico Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

November 24th

November 24, 2009--Harnessing the power of salt, Norway tries osmotic energy (Environmental News Network)

After wind, sun, currents and tides, a company is preparing to make clean electricity by harnessing another natural phenomenon, the energy-unleashing encounter of freshwater and seawater. Taking a step further in the planet's hunt for clean power, Norway is to unveil today the world's first prototype of an osmotic power plant on the banks of the Oslo fjord.

November 24, 2009--Sen. Mark Udall introduces bill to focus attention on West's beetle-killed forests (Denver Post)

New legislation to declare "Insect Emergency Areas" in Colorado and other western states on Monday raised hopes of focusing national attention — and funding — on the problem of beetle-killed forests. Although the bill introduced by Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Sen.

November 23rd

November 23, 2009--As sewers fill, waste poisons waterways (New York Times)

One goal of the Clean Water Act of 1972 was to upgrade the nation’s sewer systems, many of them built more than a century ago, to handle growing populations and increasing runoff of rainwater and waste.

November 23, 2009--Warming's impacts sped up, worsened since Kyoto (Denver Post)

Since the 1997 international accord to fight global warming, climate change has worsened and accelerated—beyond some of the grimmest of warnings made back then. As the world has talked for a dozen years about what to do next, new ship passages opened through the once frozen summer sea ice of the Arctic.

November 22, 2009--Colorado River drops to a record-low flow (Summit Daily News)

The latest predictions for a mid-winter dry spell may cause some headaches for Colorado water managers as they try to juggle supplies to maintain stream flows and fill reservoirs.

November 22, 2009--Roundtable rates water strategies for valley (Pueblo Chieftain)

Sharing water, municipal conservation and tamarisk removal were listed as the best ways to improve water supply in a recent survey of the Arkansas Basin Roundtable.

November 22, 2009--EPA: Uranium from polluted mine in Nev. wells (Denver Post)

A new wave of testing by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that 79 percent of the wells tested north of a World War II-era copper mine in Nevada have dangerous levels of uranium or arsenic or both that make the water unsafe to drink. The source of the pollution is a groundwater plume that has slowly migrated from the 6-square-mile mine site.

November 21, 2009--Asian carp may be near U.S. Great Lakes (Environmental News Network)

There are signs Asian carp may have breached barriers designed to keep the prolific fish out of the Great Lakes, which could spell ecological disaster for the vital source of fresh water, authorities said on Fri