Environmental cleanup

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Funding to reclaim abandoned mines falls short

WASHINGTON, D.C. – State and federal mine cleanup programs have had a difficult time making headway because the projects are so costly. U.S. House members gathered last week to discuss the...

DATE: June 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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NRC urges uranium miner to review all operations

Nuclear regulators are concerned that a Wyoming uranium mining company, which twice spilled nuclear waste in southeast Utah, may have a larger safety culture problem after it was issued nine...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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EPA arrives in Towaoc for asbestos cleanup

Asbestos contamination has forced the Towoac Recreation Center to close and triggered an Environment Protection Agency cleanup. The 30,000-square-foot building in downtown Towaoc was built in 1964....

DATE: April 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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What the Navajo Generating Station will leave behind

The smokestacks of the Navajo Generation Station rise 775 feet from the sere landscape of the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona, just three miles away from the serpentine, stagnant blue wound in...

DATE: March 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

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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: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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EPA releases final water-monitoring plan related to Gold King Mine spill

DENVER – Federal environmental officials on Thursday released a final one-year water-monitoring plan in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill. The Environmental Protection Agency said it plans to...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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New Mexico officials say rivers still tainted from Gold King Mine spill

DENVER – A $1.5 million bill sent by New Mexico to the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday could be the last chance for federal officials and the state of Colorado to avoid a lawsuit related...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Hickenlooper recommends Superfund listing for mine sites around Silverton

DENVER – Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday recommended a Superfund listing in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill, ending more than six months of discussions on whether the state should pursue the...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Silverton, San Juan County say yes to Superfund

SILVERTON – A watershed moment was registered in Silverton on Monday evening as the Silverton Board of Trustees and San Juan County Commission unanimously supported Superfund status for the mining...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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La Plata steps up mine tests

An independent analysis of sediment at the Gold King Mine adit found trace amounts of uranium isotopes, but at levels far below typical screening thresholds. The study was done in September by...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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State disputes key part of EPA’s Gold King report

DENVER – Colorado officials say they didn’t endorse an Environmental Protection Agency cleanup operation that caused a massive spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive mine, disputing a key claim...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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EPA likely not prepared Gold King Mine blowout

WASHINGTON – U.S. officials knew of the potential for a catastrophic “blowout” of wastewater from an inactive gold mine yet appeared to have only a cursory plan to deal with such an event when...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News