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Kevin RoachKevin RoachJuly 12, 20184min439

As the third anniversary of the EPA-caused Gold King mine disaster approaches, real question exists as to whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can overcome an inherent conflict of interest and properly manage the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund Site to improve water quality in the Animas River. The EPA could demonstrate such capability by taking two simple and sensible actions: 1) run the EPA Gladstone Treatment Plant to full capacity; and 2) end the useless and expensive academic investigations it is forcing Sunnyside Gold Corporation (SGC) to conduct.


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Tom RamstackTom RamstackMarch 16, 20186min474
WASHINGTON — A Colorado Department of Natural Resources representative told Congress Thursday that the federal government needs to grant immunity from liability to groups that try to clean up abandoned mines before their hazards can realistically be eliminated. About 23,000 mines — many of them abandoned — dot Colorado’s landscape, said Jeff Graves, who oversees […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 17, 20174min502

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.



Peter MarcusPeter MarcusJanuary 27, 20177min221
News this week that President Donald Trump ordered what amounted to a temporary media blackout of the EPA nearly made me blackout. Before joining ColoradoPolitics.com in November, I worked for a little more than two years at the Durango Herald, an amazing paper in southwest Colorado with a newsroom that punches well above its weight. […]

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Tom RamstackTom RamstackJanuary 3, 201713min396

A bill approved by Congress this month has set up another struggle with the Environmental Protection Agency over compensation for the 2015 Gold King Mine spill that temporarily contaminated rivers in Southern Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. The bill requires the EPA to submit all claims from states, local governments and tribes within 180 days after President Barack Obama signs the bill into law, which is expected within days. It also would authorize federal funding for water quality monitoring of waterways contaminated by the spill into the Cement Creek and Animas River.



Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsDecember 6, 201615min359

DENVER — Don’t tell Santa but we’re feeling a little naughty — and dare I say a bit snarky — this morning. Blame it on the weather, the holidays or perhaps all the political craziness happening all around us. So, read on at your own peril … SNARK AHEAD!


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Dan ElliottDan ElliottSeptember 8, 20167min357

A historic Colorado mountain town is on the threshold of a transformation after the federal government announced it will embark on an ambitious campaign to stanch the flow of acidic wastewater cascading from abandoned mines. The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday designated an area north of Silverton as a Superfund site, clearing the way for a multimillion-dollar cleanup that could last years.