Supreme Court wants feds’ view on mine spill lawsuit

Supreme Court wants feds’ view on mine spill lawsuit

N.M. wants quick resolution; Utah may sue, too
A temporary road crossing near the Gold King Mine north of Silverton shows the extent of contaminated water that blew through the mine’s adit on Aug. 5, 2015. This photo was taken Aug. 6, 2015.
Water flows through a series of sediment retention ponds built to reduce heavy metal and chemical contaminants from Gold King Mine wastewater. The treatment system was set up by the Environmental Protection Agency after an EPA-contracted crew accidentally sent 3 million gallons of heavy-metal laced mine wastewater into the Animas River on Aug. 5, 2015. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court asked the Justice Department to weigh in on New Mexico’s lawsuit against Colorado over the Gold King mine waste spill, which eventually polluted rivers in both states and in Utah.

Supreme Court wants feds’ view on mine spill lawsuit

A temporary road crossing near the Gold King Mine north of Silverton shows the extent of contaminated water that blew through the mine’s adit on Aug. 5, 2015. This photo was taken Aug. 6, 2015.
Water flows through a series of sediment retention ponds built to reduce heavy metal and chemical contaminants from Gold King Mine wastewater. The treatment system was set up by the Environmental Protection Agency after an EPA-contracted crew accidentally sent 3 million gallons of heavy-metal laced mine wastewater into the Animas River on Aug. 5, 2015. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court asked the Justice Department to weigh in on New Mexico’s lawsuit against Colorado over the Gold King mine waste spill, which eventually polluted rivers in both states and in Utah.
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