U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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.
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.
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.
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.
The town of Silverton is built on mining. At the Brown Bear Café, a photo of the Gold King Mine sits prominently as a testament to its proud past and unfortunate present.
More than two weeks after a mine spill fouled waterways in several Western states, officials expressed concern Thursday over the long-term effects of contaminated river bottoms as the federal agency that triggered the accident downplayed the dangers.
The Interior Department will lead a review of the Colorado mine spill that tainted rivers in three western states.
Federal officials say initial tests on sediments collected downstream of a mine waste spill show no risk to people using Colorado’s Animas River.
It will take many years and many millions of dollars simply to manage and not even remove the toxic wastewater from an abandoned mine that unleashed a 100-mile-long torrent of heavy metals into Western rivers and has likely reached Lake Powell, experts said.
The Animas River has reopened to the public for recreational use after the wastewater contamination from an abandoned mine last week.