U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

August 2, 2016--EPA report links Colorado to errors that led to Gold King Mine spill (Durango Herald)

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to link the state to errors that resulted in the release of 3 million gallons of toxic mining sludge into the Animas River. In a one-year retrospective released Monday by the EPA, the federal agency is careful to underscore how the state was involved in planning that led to the blowout, which turned the Animas mustard yellow and deposite


August 2, 2016--Sunnyside Gold Corp. calls for dismissal of New Mexico lawsuit (Durango Herald)

Twenty-five years ago Tuesday, Sunnyside Gold Corp. shuttered the last operating mine in Silverton, yet the company’s involvement in the region is very much alive. On Friday, Sunnyside – now owned by international mining conglomerate Kinross Gold Corp.


July 30, 2016--EPA culpable but not alone in Gold King Mine mess (Denver Post)

A year ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wound up red-faced after the Gold King Mine blowout turned the Animas River orange. Since then, the EPA won grudging support from Silverton and San Juan County to designate the Bonita Mountain mining district as a Superfund site, but little or no progress has been made on the ground toward a permanent fix.


July 15, 2016--House measure 
would protect 
rights to water (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A measure by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., that would protect state-issued water rights against federal taking is included in an appropriations measure now headed to the Senate. Passage of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017, H.R.


July 2, 2016--18 million people served by systems with lead violations (Water Online)

Public officials have often failed to step in when water systems violate the federal Lead and Copper Rule, according to a report released this week by the advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on the “extraordinary geographic scope” of lead contamination. “In 2015, 18 million people were served by water systems with lead violations.


June 23, 2016--New Mexico sues Colorado over Gold King Mine spill (Durango Herald)

New Mexico is suing the state of Colorado, saying its northern neighbor should be held responsible for the contamination from a massive mine waste spill last year as well as decades of toxic drainage from mines near the headwaters of a shared river. The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and the state Environment Department announced late Wednesday that they fil


June 15, 2016--EPA Gold King Mine coordinator retires as Animas water, soil tests begin (Denver Post)

The Environmental Protection Agency’s coordinator for work at the Gold King and other mines contaminating Animas River headwaters is retiring as the feds begin soil and water tests before a Superfund cleanup. EPA on-scene coordinator Steve Way was away on vacation Aug. 5 when contractors led by fellow EPA coordinator Hays Griswold triggered a blowout at the Gold King.


Super FUNDays: Silverton aims for a little fun on Gold King Mine spill anniversary

08/05/2016 8:00 am

From a June 7, 2016 Durango Herald article:


May 29, 2016--Coloradans press EPA on fate of emergency Gold King treatment plant (Denver Post)

Acid sludge from the Gold King Mine has filled up waste bags at the Environmental Protection Agency’s emergency treatment plant on headwaters of the Animas River, forcing the feds to grapple with continued creek-cleaning and disposal. And untreated muck laced with heavy metals from three nearby mines still drains — at an average rate of 640 gallons a minute.


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