Tag Archives: Silverton

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

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

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

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

Report Finds EPA Knew of Spill Potential

EPA-300An internal government investigation has found that federal and state regulators underestimated the potential for a blowout from a Colorado mine. The disclosure was contained in documents released yesterday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Investigators concluded that EPA and state regulators underestimated how 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