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Colorado Mine Spill Prompts Changes In Warning System

A massive wastewater spill from an old gold mine in southwestern Colorado prompted state officials to expand the list of downstream users they warn after such accidents.


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Hickenlooper Not Sold On Proposed Ozone Rules, Says Denver At A Disadvantage

The U.S. secretary of energy made a visit to Colorado on Monday as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposes another set of rules meant to improve Colorado’s air quality, but Gov. John Hickenlooper isn’t sold.


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4th Congressional Hearing Planned On Colorado Mine Blowout

A fourth congressional hearing is planned on the release of tainted wastewater from a Colorado gold mine that affected three states.


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EPA: Clean Water Rule In Effect Despite Court Ruling

The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and Western states.


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EPA Workers Had No Way To Get Word Out After Toxic Spill

Members of a federal cleanup crew were initially trapped and unable to warn downstream communities that they had accidentally unleashed toxic waste water from a Colorado gold mine.


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Investigation: EPA, State Underestimated Spill Potential

An internal government investigation has found that federal and state regulators underestimated the potential for a blowout from a Colorado mine, documents released Wednesday show.


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In Reversal, Silverton To Seek Federal Cleanup Help

The Colorado town where a toxic mine leak earlier this month unleashed a torrent of heavy metals into Western rivers has decided to change course and request federal disaster funds to clean up the mine.


Animas River (credit: La Plata County)

New Documents Raise More Questions About Colorado Mine Spill

Documents released by U.S. officials have revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency knew of the potential for a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine.


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EPA Knew Of ‘Blowout’ Risk For Tainted Water At Gold Mine

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency managers were aware of the potential for a catastrophic “blowout” at an inactive Colorado mine that could release large volumes of wastewater laced with toxic heavy metals, according to documents released by the agency.


Animas River (credit: La Plata County)

Interior Department To Lead Review Of Colorado River Spill

The Interior Department will lead a review of the Colorado mine spill that tainted rivers in three western states.



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