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Tom RamstackTom RamstackJanuary 3, 201713min349

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.