Environmental pollution

Nuclear regulators find Cameco shipping violations

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has found numerous shipping violations against Cameco Resources, a Wyoming uranium mine company that spilled radioactive waste on U.S. Highway 191 south of...

DATE: April 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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

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

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

Sediment issues a big uncertainty

As communities along the Animas River continue to wonder about long-term consequences of the Gold King Mine spill, one of the biggest questions remaining is the orange sediment lying along...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Western Colorado officials voice support for new methane rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leaders from western Colorado expressed their support during a conference call on Tuesday for a proposed federal rule to help limit flaring, venting and leaking of methane...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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WHITE MESA – Residents on Monday raised heightened concerns about the outdated uranium mill outside town, amid a report of two recent toxic spills and a new report that says toxic metals are...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: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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: Feb. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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