Environmental cleanup

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Fort Lewis grad works on Navajo Nation food security

Brandon Francis grew up dryland farming on the Navajo Nation, but veered in a couple of directions before returning to his agricultural roots. And, as luck and timing would have it, during the...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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EPA updates Durango on Superfund site

An Environmental Protection Agency public meeting Tuesday was a learning experience for residents further downstream of the Superfund site that targets mines around Silverton. The meeting, held at...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Taxpayers to foot bill for Freda Mine cleanup

Taxpayers again must foot the bill for cleaning up a Colorado mine site previously operated by embroiled company Red Arrow Gold Corp. “We wrote a violation, and recalculated his (Red Arrow owner...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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EPA announces mine spill reimbursements

Another $262,441 in grants to cover response and cleanup costs associated with the Gold King Mine spill has been awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency. Broken down, $101,465 went to the...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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EPA adds Bonita Peak Mining District to Superfund list

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday it would formally designate the district of leaking mines around Silverton as a Superfund. In a news release, the EPA said the “Bonita Peak...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Heavy rains cause overflow at EPA’s water-treatment plant

Heavy rains Tuesday caused an overflow at the Environmental Protection Agency’s temporary treatment plant north of Silverton, releasing discolored water into Cement Creek. An internal alert was...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Ignacio oil operator cited for pipeline that leaked into Ute Creek

An oil and gas company in La Plata County has been accused of not fixing a pipeline that leaked an unknown amount of chemicals into Ute Creek – a tributary of the Los Pinos River – earlier this...

DATE: July 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Pollution control systems added to Rico Argentine mine

RICO, Colo. – After last year’s Gold King Mine blowout near Silverton, which dumped 3 million gallons of heavy metals into the Animas River, eyes turned to the Rico Argentine mine. The long-closed...

DATE: July 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Comments show overwhelming support for Superfund

The public comment period for the proposed Superfund designation north of Silverton closed June 13, and while it has taken a few weeks for responses to filter in, one thing is abundantly clear:...

DATE: July 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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La Plata County to consider comments on Superfund

La Plata County commissioners will discuss submitting a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency voicing support for Superfund at a special meeting June 1. June 6 is the deadline to submit...

DATE: May 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Economic adviser will help Silverton through mine cleanup

A federal grant will fund an economic development coordinator to help Silverton and San Juan County businesses during the potential Superfund cleanup of historic mines. “They are totally reliant on...

DATE: May 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Superfund management team lays out plans for 2016

Environmental Protection Agency officials say by next month they intend to provide La Plata and San Juan counties a list of tasks it expects to complete in 2016 at the proposed Bonita Peak Mining...

DATE: April 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business