U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

September 5, 2015--A long road for mine cleanup (Durango Herald)

More questions than answers face those tasked with deciding the most efficient and feasible plan for cleaning up leaky mines above Silverton.


September 3, 2015--Officials explore Superfund solution (Durango Herald)

The road to a Superfund designation can be long, local officials learned from Environmental Protection Agency representatives on Thursday. EPA officials came to Durango to talk with the Durango city councilors and La Plata County commissioners about funding for mine remediation through a National Priorities Listing.


August 25, 2015--Silverton and San Juan County seek quick-fix government funding (Colorado Independent)

The Town of Silverton and San Juan County plan to ask the federal government for quick-fix, disaster-relief funding to help counteract the impacts of the huge spill of acid mine drainage that turned the Animas River an alarming yellow earlier this month. Town and county officials passed a joint resolution Monday and Tuesday that calls for teaming up with affected downstream parties in the


August 12, 2015--Animas River lawsuit against EPA 'on the table,' Colorado AG says (Denver Post)

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said Wednesday that a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency is "on the table" after a massive wastewater spill caused by the agency fouled the Animas River last week. "I would hope that it would not be necessary," Coffman, a Republican, said.


August 11, 2015--EPA: Decision to reopen Animas River a week off (Durango Herald)

The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday it doesn’t anticipate any decisions on whether to reopen the Animas River in Durango until at least Aug. 17.


August 9, 2015--Tens of thousands of mines filled with toxic water lie under the West (Associated Press)

Beneath the western United States lie thousands of old mining tunnels filled with the same toxic stew that spilled into a Colorado river last week, turning it into a nauseating yellow concoction and stoking alarm about contamination of drinking water.


August 9, 2015--Animas River: La Plata and Durango declare state of emergency (Durango Herald)

Three million gallons of water containing mining waste has poured into the Animas River since Wednesday, and it is still unclear what the environmental and health impact of the spill, caused by the Environmental Protection Agency, will be.


August 8, 2015--Can life survive in the Animas River? (Durango Herald)

As about 1 million gallons of toxic sludge makes its way from Gold King Mine down the Animas River, scientists, politicians and Durango residents are bracing for the environmental fallout. At a public meeting Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency said initial testing indicates the water contains levels of cadmium, lead, aluminum, copper and arsenic too high for safe drinking water.


August 7, 2015--More water released into Animas River after wastewater spill (CBS News)

More water is being released into the Animas River in an attempt to flush out the one million gallons of wastewater from a San Juan County mine spilling into the water. The EPA also released a statement about what happened. The source of the wastewater is from the Gold King Mine near Silverton. It happened on Wednesday while U.S.


July 27, 2015--Feds face another clean water lawsuit (Summit Voice)

There will be yet more legal wrangling over a new federal clean water rule, as conservation groups said last week they will sue to plug some loopholes that could open the door for more pollution in wetlands and streams. At issue is the so-called Waters of the U.S. rule finalized by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May.


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