Tag Archives: Environmental Protection Agency

Clean Power Plan has Yet to be Published in Federal Register

EPA-300The Environmental Protection Agency has yet to publish its Clean Power Plan in the Federal Register, and that has states crying foul. The EPA’s rule, which limits carbon emissions from U.S. power plants and will raise electricity rates for most Americans, was finalized in August, but the agency is dragging its feet in publishing the Continue reading

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

Hearings Held in Denver Over Methane Emissions

EPA-300An energy industry representative says over-regulating methane emissions could discourage the use of environment-friendly natural gas, but a former Colorado air quality official says cutting methane is a cost-effective way to fight the purported effects of man-induced climate change. The Environmental Protection Continue reading

Coffman Joins Fight Against Clean Power Plan

COFFMANAttorney General Cynthia Coffman has added Colorado to the growing number of states ready to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s unprecedented Clean Power Plan. Coffman’s announcement voiced her concern 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

EPA to Build Wastewater Plant Near Gold King Mine

EPA-300The Environmental Protection Agency plans to build a wastewater treatment plant for an inactive Colorado gold mine after the agency triggered a 3-million-gallon spill of polluted water there last month. The EPA released documents yesterday outlining plans to quickly build the plant below the Gold King Mine near Silverton. An EPA-led Continue reading

Tipton Reacts to EPA Testimony on River Spill

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) stressed that to date, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has failed to answer critical questions about the Gold King Mine blowout including how it occurred, the EPA’s unsatisfactory response to it, the lack of transparency in its wake and who in the 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

Erin Brockovich Tours Mine Spill

erin brockovichEnvironmental activist Erin Brockovich is touring the Navajo Nation to get a firsthand look at the damage caused by the Environmental Protection Agency when they spilled 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater from the Gold King Mine near Silverton. She met with Navajo President Russell Begaye yesterday to hear what he saw when he visited the mine in August, just days after a crew working for the EPA unleashed the waste tainted with heavy Continue reading

Coffman to Join Lawsuit over Federal Clean Power Act

COFFMANColorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman will join a multi-state legal challenge to the Clean Power Plan, also called the 111(d) rule, which was issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on August 3rd. Coffman says the Continue reading

EPA Spill Requires Federal Clean-up Funds

EPA-300The Colorado town where the Environmental Protection Agency caused a toxic mine leak earlier this month, unleashing a torrent of heavy metals into Western rivers, has decided to change course and request federal disaster funds to clean up the mine. The Silverton Board of Trustees and the San Juan County Commission approved a Continue reading