Tag Archives: gold mine

Congress Reviving Good Samaritan Laws

EPA-300Congressional Republicans are reviving “Good Samaritan” legislation that would offer some legal protection to companies and nonprofits if they work to clean up abandoned mines. The proposal was one of three bills the House Natural Resources Committee announced yesterday after the EPA spilled 3 million gallons of wastewater Continue reading

Report Says EPA Solely Responsible for Mine Spill

EPA-300Government investigators squarely blame the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a 3 million gallon wastewater spill from a Colorado gold mine, saying a cleanup crew rushed its work and failed to consider the complex engineering involved, triggering the very blowout it hoped to avoid. The Interior Department probe concludes 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

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