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User: flenvcenter Topic: Water-Independent
Category: River Systems :: Animas River
Last updated: Jun 30 2017 23:42 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Currents of consent and control 13.5.2019 High Country News Most Recent
Like strainers of a river, our memories reshape us from within.
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Week in review: June 30 30.6.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Fire season is here, a new wolf recovery plan and health care protester arrests.
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It’s wrong to blame the EPA for the Gold King spill 1.2.2017 Writers on the Range
Without the private sector, neither the mine nor its toxic legacy would exist.
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The 5 biggest stories of 2016 28.12.2016 High Country News Most Recent
From Sagebrush Rebels, to spills and surprise wins.
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Latest: Officials open a criminal investigation of EPA’s role in the Animas river spill 20.8.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Agency contractors were excavating debris at the old mining site when the river flooded with wastewater.
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Federal Officials Investigating Massive EPA Spill That Turned River Orange 2.8.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Federal officials are launching a criminal investigation into the 2015 Gold King Mine spill that sent millions of gallons of toxic waste into a Colorado waterway and memorably turned portions of the state's 126-mile Animas River orange.

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Horse catheters in classrooms, a crackdown on toxics, and an update on the Animas River 13.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
HCN.org news in brief.
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New Mexico sues EPA and others over Gold King disaster 25.5.2016 High Country News Most Recent
The suit is the first blow in what is likely to be a long legal fracas.
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"Water Is Our Life": How a Mining Disaster Affected the Navajo Nation 16.5.2016 Truthout.com
Nearly a year ago, Environmental Protection Agency contractors accidentally released 3 million gallons of acid drainage from a Colorado mine, contaminating local rivers with hazardous metals and turning the waterways yellow. Just downstream, residents of the Navajo Nation continue to face threats to their health and livelihood. Wastewater from the Gold King Mine drains into retention ponds to eliminate contamination before it flows into the Animas River near Silverton, Colorado, August 15, 2015. (Photo: Mark Holm / The New York Times) In the midst of the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, it is not surprising that the World Health Organization recently released a report documenting that the environment is responsible for almost a quarter of deaths and disease in the world. But this is not news to the Diné (Navajo) people, who believe that all parts of nature -- the water, fish, trees and stars -- are equal members of society and are so intricately connected that an imbalance in one member may ...
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Local cleanup control 16.5.2016 Current Issue
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Silverton’s Gold King reckoning 2.5.2016 High Country News Most Recent
How the Animas River disaster forced Silverton to face its pollution problem — and its destiny.
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Nation's Water, Air and Health at Stake in Whether EPA Completes Hudson River Cleanup 27.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Lead poisons drinking water in Flint, Michigan... Dangerous levels of perfluorooctanoic acid contaminate water supplies in Hoosick Falls, New York... A massive spill of wastewater from the Gold King Mine pollutes Colorado's Animas River... These recent disasters impacting water quality have made headlines nationwide. They share something else as well. All came about because of the failure of public agencies charged with protecting human health and the environment to respond in a timely manner and do their jobs. Like never before, the performance of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been called into question, even as its leaders scurry to these sites and defend their actions--too-late-to-the-game solutions that leave local residents concerned for their future and the American public losing faith in the government's ability to keep them safe. You can add the Hudson River to this list of EPA failures and dashed hopes. In 2002, after a decades-long battle, the EPA mandated that General ...
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Which stories held your attention this year? 31.12.2015 High Country News Most Recent
From the Animas to Washington wildfire, here are the stories that our readers spent most time on in 2015.
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Toxic mining legacy, part one 26.10.2015 Current Issue
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Toxic mining legacy, part two 26.10.2015 Current Issue
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Board meeting updates and HCN family visitors 12.10.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Plus, a look at our strategic planning and a graffiti correction.
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EPA Coming Clean but Gold King a Gold Mine for Contractors 10.9.2015 Truthout.com
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted hundreds of pages of documents about the Gold King Mine leak, which sent 3 million gallons of mining wastewater flowing into Colorado's Cement Creek and Animas River. The records provide insights about the mine cleanup work , the chronology of the release , and the emergency response that took place after the leak. The Project On Government Oversight's review of federal contracts shows that even before the spill supposedly began , the EPA was reacting to an emergency in the region that required a rapid response. A nearly $1 million contract modification with Environmental Restoration LLC —the EPA contractor working onsite at Gold King Mine where the spill occurred—was signed on August 4, the day before the spill. What was the money for and where was that emergency? The EPA hasn't fully come clean yet, and the agency should provide more details about the three projects funded on August 4 and the activities at Gold King that day, including descriptions ...
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"God Is the Water": Reflections on the EPA Spill, Power and the US Southwest 7.9.2015 Truthout - All Articles
I gaze with profound horror upon pictures of the San Juan and Animas rivers, flowing a sickly yellow and orange through Totah, the Navajo/Diné word for the place where I was born; also known as Farmington, New Mexico.(1) I compulsively read news story after news story about the EPA's "accidental" leak of three million gallons of toxic waste, containing high levels of lead, arsenic, and other metals that turned these rivers yellow; originating from the Gold King Mine in Silverton, Colorado. I call my folks, who still live in Farmington. My mother says that they can't drink the water at home until the EPA gives them clearance; emergency water stations have been set up around town. "I do not understand this world," my mother, who is in her seventies, says with immeasurable grief. As I grapple with how people will cope with this ecological disaster, the ending line of a beautiful poem by Lyla June Johnston , a Diné writer from New Mexico, fills my mind: "And God is the water." The San Juan and Animas do, ...
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Why Silverton still doesn't want a Superfund site 3.9.2015 High Country News Most Recent
A polluted Colorado town wants to clean up on its own terms. But it’s been saying that for years.
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Toxic Legacy: 1872 Law Lets Miners Profit on the Backs of American Taxpayers 28.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The recent wastewater spill from the abandoned Gold King Mine in Colorado captured the attention of the nation. A sickly yellow plume filled with high levels of lead, arsenic, and other heavy metals surged through the Animas River, a major waterway used for irrigation, recreation, and drinking water, forcing the closure of that river. The economic hardship was immediate; the ecological damage may take months if not years to be fully understood. Make no mistake - the responsibility for this spill lies with the Environmental Protection Agency, and we join those in the local communities who demand answers as to how this happened. Multiple independent investigations are currently ongoing. We wish we could say that when those investigations are completed, we'll know how to prevent this from ever happening again. We can't say that. The underlying problem here is not the EPA's blunder at this mine. The underlying problem is the toxic legacy of roughly 500,000 abandoned mines that riddle the United States, ...
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