Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

February 14, 2016--Colorado counts on Gold King to spur cleanup of leaking old mines (Denver Post)

Of the 230 inactive mines the state recognized six months ago as causing the worst damage to Colorado waterways, state officials say 148 have not been fully evaluated. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has cobbled together $300,000 for an "inventory initiative" to round up records and set priorities.

November 2, 2014--Pandora water treatment plant now functional (Telluride Daily Planet)

Twenty years after the Pandora Water Treatment Plant was proposed by local officials concerned about long-term municipal water supply, the facility is up and running, generating clean water. The Pandora Water Treatment Plant valves were opened up on Oct. 24 and everything worked, Telluride Public Works Director Paul Ruud said.

October 29, 2014--Durango wastewater-plant repair deadline extends (Durango Herald)

The Durango wastewater-treatment plant will not have to make millions of dollars worth of improvements by 2017 to meet new clean water guidelines, after negotiations with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

May 27, 2014--State's water quality chief steps down (Boulder County Business Report)

Steve Gunderson, director of the state Water Quality Control Division, will retire after nearly a decade of service in which he helped developed stronger regulations to protect Colorado's rivers and streams. Gunderson, 58, served with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment since 1989.

May 16, 2013--Hickenlooper directs Colorado agencies to create water plan (Denver Business Journal)

The state will start work on a new "Colorado Water Plan" to figure out how to secure enough water supplies across the state to meet urban and rural demands, according to an executive order from Gov. John Hickenlooper. The governor on Wednesday directed the Colorado Water Conservation Board to start work on the draft plan.

January 24, 2013--Septic system rules may go in the tank (Durango Herald)

The state is going to scrap current regulations governing septic tanks/leach field systems and start anew, San Juan Basin Health Department board members were told Thursday. Greg Brand, the department’s newly hired director of environmental health, characterized the changes as sweeping.

June 14, 2012--District court in Colorado nixes state license for proposed Pinon Ridge uranium mill (Summit Voice)

Communities and conservation groups in southwestern Colorado won a huge court victory this week, as a Denver District Court judge invalidated a state license for the proposed  Piñon Ridge uranium mill. Judge John N.

February 7, 2010--Telluride group files legal challenge to Energy Fuels mill water (Montrose Daily Planet)

A Telluride conservation nonprofit filed a legal challenge on January 26 in Montrose District Court to the proposed Energy Fuels (EF) Pinon Ridge yellowcake uranium mill, based on their belief that EF cannot prove they have the capacity to exploit and utilize water beneficially, and that they cannot avoid polluted water discharges from the mill.

November 19, 2009--Many Colorado water waivers revoked after taint (Denver Post)

Colorado has revoked waivers from as many as 72 public drinking-water systems and is now requiring chlorine treatment of most public supplies as part of the response to a salmonella-poisoning epidemic that ravaged Alamosa last year.

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