The Environmental Protection Agency announced it will pay out an additional $54,275 to Colorado’s La Plata County, San Juan Basin Health Department, the City of Durango and the Southern Ute Indian tribe as reimbursements tied to the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, the agency announced Thursday.
The money pays the entities back for “payroll, fringe, travel and indirect costs.”
Roughly, La Plata will receive nearly $39,000; the San Juan health department $13,600; Durango $1,100; and the Ute tribe $800.
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican who has been a top critic of the agency since the spill occurred, celebrated the news. He also took credit for the payments and shared out credit with new Trump-appointed EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.