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    EPA Contaminates River with a Million Gallons of Waste Water

    DURANGO — Environmental Protection Agency officials facing sad, scared and angry residents whose river is being poisoned after botched federal work on an old mine apologized Friday, calling it a tragic disaster and revealing some of the contaminants in the water.

    The soupy yellow-orange Animas River contains arsenic, lead, cadmium, aluminum and copper — among other potentially toxic heavy metals — "at varying levels," the officials said in a packed public meeting.

    But exactly how much remained uncertain Friday night, frustrating local authorities scrambling to protect public health and line up sufficient alternative water sources.

    An acidic, yellowish discharge still was leaking out of the Gold King Mine portal, about 60 miles north of Durango (population 17,000), at an estimated rate of about 1,200 gallons a minute, state and federal officials said. EPA crews at the mine were trying to create a large hole to catch the contaminant-laced wastewater and try to clean it before it reaches streams and rivers.
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    Yikes!


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    That's so ironic! How unforgiving they were for the 'tragic disaster' oil spills..

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    So are they going to hugely fine themselves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuego View Post
    So are they going to hugely fine themselves?
    And spend millions of their own money to clean it up? Oh WAIT! That's OUT tax dollars aren't they? So WE get to clean up their mess?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quest View Post
    And spend millions of their own money to clean it up? Oh WAIT! That's OUT tax dollars aren't they? So WE get to clean up their mess?
    don't Forget The Overtime

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    Gold King Mine Owner Files Lawsuit Against EPA









    This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity (futility) of their mind, having the understanding darkened...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GodismyJudge View Post

    Gold King Mine Owner Files Lawsuit Against EPA









    That video said it was 6 years ago?

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    That video said it was 6 years ago?
    The article in the OP was...

    PUBLISHED: August 7, 2015 | UPDATED: April 21, 2016






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    This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity (futility) of their mind, having the understanding darkened...
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    Mining company, government settle who's liable for Gold King Mine cleanup
    A Colorado mining company and the federal government will split the $90 million cost of cleaning up the Superfund site near Silverton.

    Author: Jennifer Campbell-Hicks
    Published: 1:52 PM MST January 21, 2022
    Updated: 2:05 PM MST January 21, 2022
    $90 million settlement clears way to clean up Gold King Mine site | 9news.com


    DENVER — The State of Colorado and the federal government reached an agreement Friday with a mining company on who's responsible for paying for cleanup of the Gold King Mine – more than six years after 3 million gallons of acidic waste spilled from the site.

    Under the agreement, the Sunnyside Gold Corp. and its Canadian parent company will pay $45 million, in exchange for the State of Colorado and the federal government dismissing claims against the companies.

    The federal government will also contribute $45 million to cleaning up what's known as the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site.


    On Aug. 5, 2015, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-led contractor inadvertently triggered a spill while doing preliminary cleanup work at the old Gold King Mine near Silverton, in southwest Colorado.

    The resulting 3-million-gallon blowout turned rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah a sickly shade of yellow from wastewater contaminated with toxic heavy metals. One of those was the Animas River.

    In December, Colorado approved a separate $1.6 million settlement with Sunnyside Gold Corp., resolving the company's alleged liability for damages caused by spill.

    The agreement announced Friday pertained to a separate settlement with the EPA, the U.S. Justice Department, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State of Colorado.

    "This settlement will allow EPA to continue our important cleanup work at the site to protect human health and the environment," said Director Betsy Smidinger of EPA Region 8's Superfund and Emergency Management Division, in a statement. "We look forward to working with our state and local partners to use these funds which will be utilized to improve the environment for the people who work, live, and recreate in the area."

    Sunnyside Gold Corp. said in a news release that the settlement was reached "as a matter of practicality, with no admission of liability or wrongdoing" and that it allows the EPA and Colorado to direct resources toward future cleanup.

    "SGC [Sunnyside Gold Corp.] has a long and positive history of improving water quality in the Animas River and this agreement will further that legacy," according to the release.














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