Tag Archives: Gold King Mine

Feds Still Passing Buck on Mine Spill

EPA-300A federal agency is still trying to pass the buck for the toxic spill at the Gold King Mine. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is standing behind its assertion that Colorado officials signed off on a cleanup project that led to a 3 million-gallon toxic waste spill from the inactive gold mine. The Bureau’s statement yesterday was the latest twist Continue reading

State Officials Say EPA did not have Support for Gold King Mine Project

EPA-300Colorado officials are disputing a key claim by federal agencies trying to dodge responsibility for a massive spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive mine. A report by the federal Bureau of Reclamation said two state mining experts signed off on an Environmental Protection Agency cleanup project that led to the August 5th spill at Continue reading

Investigation Into EPA Spill Expanded

EPA-300The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general is expanding its investigation into a toxic spill from an inactive Colorado mine to include questions about whether the agency was following its own rules when it triggered the blowout. The inspector general’s office said yesterday that it will add more than a dozen lines Continue reading

Senate Considers Imposing New Mine Royalties

MICHAEL-BENNETColorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet along with Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) are introducing a bill to reform antiquated hardrock mining laws. On the three-month anniversary of the Gold King Mine spill, the senators are introducing the Hardrock Continue reading

Treatment Plant Operating at Site of EPA Spill

EPA-300A temporary treatment plant has begun cleaning up polluted water flowing from the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado after the Environmental Protection Agency sent millions of gallons of waste into rivers in three states. The EPA said Monday the $1.8 million plant is processing up to 800 gallons per minute, 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

Senator Trying to get Compensation for Communities Affected by EPA Spill

EPA-300U.S. Senator Tom Udall is expected to announce legislation aimed at compensating communities affected by the torrent of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled two Southwestern rivers. The New Mexico Democrat scheduled a conference call yesterday to discuss his plans. His office says the legislation would require water 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

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

Clean-Up at 10 Mines Suspended

EPA-300Site investigations and some cleanup work at 10 polluted mining complexes in four states were suspended because of conditions similar to those that led to a massive wastewater blowout from an inactive Colorado gold mine. The sites include three in California, four in Colorado, two in Montana and one in Missouri. The EPA says they 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