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EPA reimburses another $90,000 for Gold King Mine spill costs

More than $90,000 in additional reimbursements for costs associated with the Gold King Mine spill in 2015 was awarded to five entities in Colorado and Utah, the Environmental Protection Agency...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Gold King Mine spill highlighted in D.C. Twitter spat

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gold King Mine spill was highlighted this week in a Twitter spat on Capitol Hill. On Valentine’s Day, members of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources took to social...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Navajo Nation files $160 million claim over Gold King spill

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Nation has submitted a claim of more than $160 million in damages to the federal government over last year’s mine waste spill that fouled rivers in three Western...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Supreme Court wants feds’ view on mine spill lawsuit

DENVER – The U.S. Supreme Court asked the Justice Department on Monday to weigh in on New Mexico’s lawsuit against Colorado over a mine waste spill that polluted rivers in both states and in Utah....

DATE: Nov. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: State nation world

Sunnyside wants out of Navajo Nation lawsuit

Sunnyside Gold Corp. filed a motion last week to be dismissed from its inclusion in a lawsuit brought by the Navajo Nation for the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill. “We are hopeful that the case...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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WHITE MESA – Residents on Monday raised heightened concerns about the outdated uranium mill outside town, amid a report of two recent toxic spills and a new report that says toxic metals are...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

McPhee Reservoir managers are considering a more aggressive defense to prevent an invasion of the destructive quagga and zebra mussels. A plan is being considered by local, state and federal...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Southern Utes stand with Standing Rock protest

Southern Ute tribal member Shelly Thompson took a carload of blankets, jackets and other supplies last week to the thousands of Native Americans camped out on the Standing Rock reservation in North...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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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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Criminal investigation into Gold King Mine spill confirmed

DENVER – Federal investigators confirmed that they have been looking into a possible criminal connection to last year’s Gold King Mine spill. The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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EPA point man during Gold King spill tells Ophir residents ‘Don’t get excited’ about yellow water

The Environmental Protection Agency on-scene coordinator whose orders last August ultimately caused the Gold King Mine blowout recently had some choice words about the people of Durango and their...

DATE: July 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business