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EPA pays out $54K more to Colorado for Gold King Mine reimbursement costs

DENVER – Colorado and some local jurisdictions in the southwestern part of the state are getting fractions of what was initially sought in reimbursement money from the Environmental Protection Agency for the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill, but received another $54,000 Thursday. The EPA said in January that it would not fully repay the […]

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Colorado’s senators split votes on controversial EPA nominee Scott Pruitt, who is confirmed

WASHINGTON – Colorado’s U.S. senators split their votes on the president’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, who was confirmed by the Senate in a 52-46 vote. Pruitt, who has been Oklahoma’s attorney general since he was elected in 2010, has faced scrutiny over his ties to the oil and gas industry […]

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Silverton, San Juan Co. officials vote unanimously to begin process of applying for Superfund status

San Juan County and Silverton, Colorado officials voted unanimously Monday evening to begin the process of applying for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund status to clean up multiple mines in the area that are at risk of spilling into local water sources. Their Monday votes means the next step is sending Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper […]

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Heavy metal levels nearly normal near Farmington; La Plata Co. tests sediment for toxins

New Mexico received some results of water testing Wednesday that showed heavy metal levels in the Animas River that were collected near Farmington Monday. The results showed that all metal levels were at normal drinking water levels before the plume arrived and that they were all within normal standards, except for lead, when collected Monday. Allowable […]

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Navajo Nation: Signing EPA compensation form puts people at risk of forfeiting future compensation; attorney retorts

The Navajo Nation’s president and vice president are instructing its divisions dealing with the Gold King Mine spill and all people affected by it not to sign an Environmental Protection Agency form for compensation for land damage and personal injury from the spill. Tuesday, the EPA opened up claim submissions for the incident via Standard Form […]

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EPA calls for state help in water testing; Aztec residents hit hardest by contaminated water

Environmental Protection Agency scientists are still analyzing water and sediment tests following the mine spill into the Animas and San Juan rivers, but the trend appears to be improving, and heavy metal contamination levels seem to be declining. Most of the leftover heavy metals seem to be sinking into the sediment of the riverbottom, where […]

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NM Gov. Martinez declares state of emergency following gold mine waste spill

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez declared a state of emergency Monday to free up more state money to help communities surrounding the Animas River affected by an EPA-caused waste spill that happened Aug. 5 at a mining site near Silverton, Colorado. Gov. Martinez’s order frees up $750,000 in additional state funds that will be used to test […]

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