Tag Archives: heavy metals

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

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

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

State Changes Notification System After EPA Spill

EPA-300The EPA’s wastewater spill at a Colorado mine has prompted state officials to expand the list of downstream users they warn after such disasters. Colorado officials notified only agencies inside their state after the EPA dumped 3 million gallons of water tainted with heavy metals out of the Gold King mine August 5th, eventually reaching rivers 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

Special Team to Look at Long Term Effects of EPA Spill

EPA-300New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is forming a special team charged with monitoring the long-term effects of a massive toxic waste spill created by the Environmental Protection Agency at a Colorado mine. EPA Officials say federal contractors accidentally released more than 3 million gallons of wastewater laden with Continue reading