Environmental pollution

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What's at stake if Congress cuts methane regs

By Jonathan ThompsonHigh Country NewsIn the 1880s, farmers on Colorado’s Front Range got fired up about— what else? Water. Their irrigation water came from Clear Creek, a stream that gets its start...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Toxic spill raises fear at White Mesa uranium mill

WHITE MESA – Residents on Monday raised heightened concerns about the outdated uranium mill outside town, amid a report of two recent toxic spills and a new report that says toxic metals are...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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White Mesa plans meeting on uranium mill issues

Because of concerns about water quality and a recent toxic spill at the White Mesa uranium mill, the Ute Mountain Ute tribe will host an informational meeting on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at the community...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Gold King spill reimbursement legislation gets hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Thursday called for a hearing on a bill that would expedite reimbursements to communities impacted by last year’s Gold...

DATE: July 18, 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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Environmental groups push EPA to hold mining companies accountable

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Environmental groups are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to hold mining companies financially accountable for on-site damages at mines in a report released this...

DATE: July 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Colorado College focuses on Western water issues

An annual Colorado College project focusing on issues affecting the Rocky Mountain West is turning its spotlight on the governance of Western water, including the Animas River. On Monday morning,...

DATE: June 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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New Mexico sues Colorado over Gold King Mine spill

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico is suing the state of Colorado, saying its northern neighbor should be held responsible for the contamination from a massive mine waste spill last year as well as decades...

DATE: June 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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New Mexico sues EPA, Sunnyside Mine owners

New Mexico filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court against the Environmental Protection Agency , its contractor and two Colorado mine owners over the Gold King Mine spill’s impact on the state. The...

DATE: May 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Two bills to stall Clean Power Plan killed in Colo. House committee

DENVER – A Democratic-controlled House committee on Wednesday killed two Republican bills that aimed to curb implementation of federal carbon standards. The bills represent a continuation of a...

DATE: April 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Gold King Mine spill a wealth of knowledge for Fort Lewis College students

The Gold King Mine spill last summer opened a Pandora’s Box of questions and ensuing research about water quality and the health risks of mine drainage. Local environmental groups have been...

DATE: March 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Education

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Aztec granny leads ‘Toxic Tour of Hell’

Shirley “Sug” McNall has become the black sheep among not only her family, but also the community in which she lives, and it’s not hard to see why. Her “Toxic Tour of Hell” exposes the ugly side of...

DATE: March 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news