Tag Archives: Animas River

Congressional Committee Hears Testimony on Mine Spill

EPA-300Southwestern Colorado residents have told Congress the Gold King Mine blowout could cause long-term damage to their tourism-based economy, but they disagree on whether Superfund designation is the solution. A business owner, a county commissioner and a chamber of commerce official told the Senate Small Business Continue reading

Contamination Found on River Banks Near EPA Spill

EPA-300Researchers say they found scattered accumulations of heavy metals along 60 miles of riverbank in Colorado and New Mexico after the Environmental Protection Agency released toxic water from the Gold King Mine, and any potential threat to crops and livestock should be studied further. David Weindorf of Texas Tech Continue reading

McCarthy Denies Her Agency Tried to Downplay Toxic Mine Spill

mccarthyThe head of the Environmental Protection Agency is dismissing complaints that her agency downplayed the seriousness of a toxic mine spill that fouled rivers in three Western states. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy called the spill caused by her agency “tragic and unfortunate.” She said the EPA has taken responsibility to Continue reading

La Plata County Double Checks EPA Findings on Mine Spill

EPA-300Results of county testing on the Animas River are in line with findings by the Environmental Protection Agency following a mine spill created by the agency. La Plata County contracted with specialists to conduct independent tests. Commissioner Gwen Lachelt has said she hoped the study would satisfy members of the public Continue reading

EPA Puts Mine Clean-Up Plan on Hold

EPA-300The Environmental Protection Agency is putting their mine clean-up plan on hold, while they work to identify which mines are at risk of spilling toxic materials, like the Gold King Mine. The EPA spilled 3 million gallons of toxic metals into the Animas River earlier this month, and they are trying to avoid similar disasters in the future. Continue reading

Tipton Sends 2nd Letter To EPA

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Following a letter sent last week requesting that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy disclose plans for the cleanup of the Animas River contamination, Representative Scott Tipton, yesterday, wrote again to the EPA Administrator, with 15 questions Continue reading

State and Federal Officials Clash on Reopening of Animas River

EPA-300Colorado and federal officials are at odds over whether it’s safe to reopen the Animas River to recreation after the EPA spilled 3 million gallons of toxic mine water into it, while working at the Gold King Mine. The bright orange color is gone, and officials say tests show the concentration of metals in the water – including arsenic and lead – Continue reading

McCarthy to Visit Site of EPA Spill

mccarthyThe administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency will visit Durango today to observe the response efforts of crews working to cleanup last week’s mine waste spill that turned the Animas River orange, sparking an emergency declaration in two states. The EPA’s Gina McCarthy will also visit Farmington, New Continue reading

EPA Spill Bigger than First Thought

EPA-300It turns out, the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency’s mishap at Gold King Mine is bigger than originally thought. The EPA now says about 3 million gallons of toxic mine water was released into Cement Creek. That’s about three times the amount the agency previously said. The water reportedly contains arsenic, lead and other Continue reading