U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

November 5, 2015--EPA working through Gold King Mine spill reimbursements (Cortez Journal)

La Plata County and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe may have as many as 180 additional days to reach an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency on reimbursement for costs associated with the Gold King Mine spill. The county and the tribe said last week that EPA headquarters in Washington hadn’t responded to multiple requests for an extension. Sens.


November 5, 2015--Water rule hits choppy water (Durango Herald)

The U.S. Senate this week advanced one effort to eliminate a controversial new rule extending regulation over small bodies of water, while blocking another attempt to rewrite it. “Coloradans know when they’re getting soaked,” Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican, said following votes on Tuesday.


October 29, 2015--Gold King mine owner: I won’t let Gladstone get stolen from me (Durango Herald)

Todd Hennis, owner of the Gold King Mine, made his first public appearance on Tuesday since the Aug. 5 blowout, and he had strong words for the Environmental Protection Agency and members of the Animas River Stakeholders Group. Hennis acquired the Gold King Mine in 2005 as part a foreclosure sale and has never had the opportunity to mine the network.


October 25, 2015--Company says $10M offer to clean up mines north of Silverton still on the table (Durango Herald)

Sunnyside Gold Corp. has sent a letter that stirs up an elephant-in-the-room quandary for those invested in the health of the Animas River: Take $10 million now for water treatment in the Upper Animas Basin or take your chances with the Environmental Protection Agency.


October 22, 2015--EPA's spill pales in comparison to everyday mine leaks (Greenwire)

Politicians, activists, tribes and media outlets have expressed shock at last month's abandoned mine spill in Colorado, which sent 3 million gallons of polluted water down the Animas River. But environmental advocates and groups that have for decades been trying to clean up the legacy of unregulated mining say the incident pales in comparison to the broader problem of tens of thousands


October 17, 2015--Gold King water treatment to begin (Durango Herald)

The dustings of snow on top of the San Juan Mountains only signify the urgency to which the Environmental Protection Agency looks to stabilize the discharge of acid mine drainage at the Gold King Mine before winter sets in. On Friday, EPA officials expect to finally turn on operations at a temporary treatment facility that will last the winter.


October 8, 2015--Latest EPA mine spill raises new questions (Durango Herald)

News Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency was responsible for another mine spill, this time near Crested Butte, came with a quick political punch. But the Standard Mine spill, which occurred at a Superfund site, is greatly different than the Aug.


September 26, 2015--Questions arise over contractor selection at Gold King Mine (Durango Herald)

Questions are being raised after the Environmental Protection Agency announced that the same contractor who played a role in the Gold King Mine spill will oversee the contract for a new water-treatment system. St.


September 12, 2015--Colorado mine spill highlights Superfund challenges (Wall Street Journal)

The Colorado mine spill that sent three million gallons of toxic sludge into a river last month highlighted the struggles of the federal Superfund program to clean up contaminated mining sites across the American West. The program, administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, was set up in the 1980s to remediate the nation’s most polluted places, from old factories to landfil


September 6, 2015--What went wrong? (Durango Herald)

Something caught San Juan Sheriff Bruce Conrad’s eye on Aug. 5 that compelled him to pull off on the side of County Road 110. He looked to the right, and there was Cement Creek as he knew it, murky and meandering. He then looked over his other shoulder and couldn’t believe what he saw.


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