The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said its surface-water testing done before, during and after 3 million gallons of mine waste flowed through Colorado show very high levels of heavy metals.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took full responsibility Tuesday for the mine waste spoiling rivers downstream from Silverton, Colorado, but people who live near the idled and leaking Gold King mine say local authorities and mining companies spent decades spurning federal cleanup help.
The uninitiated might see only the empty, miniature vodka bottles and ghostly plastic shopping bags littering a vacant lot in northeast Denver. Wildlife biologist Stacie Gilmore’s trained eyes scan a pool of drainage water and pick out red-winged blackbirds hiding in the cattails.
Federal officials met with hundreds of former employees of the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility to outline the medical help they could receive under new rules.
A nine-mile (14.5-kilometer) do-it-yourself Wildlife Drive opens on Oct. 13, augmenting hiking trails and occasional bus and guided bike tours.
Cotter Corp. plans to initiate testing next month to determine the how much of a cancer-causing chemical is in the groundwater near its Canon City uranium mill.