EPA Knew of ‘Blowout’ Risk At Gold Mine
Aug23

EPA Knew of ‘Blowout’ Risk At Gold Mine

Washington — U.S. officials knew of the potential for a catastrophic “blowout” of toxic wastewater from an inactive gold mine, yet appeared to have only a cursory plan to deal with such an event when government contractors triggered a 3 million gallon spill, according to internal documents released by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA released the documents late Friday following weeks of prodding from The Associated Press...

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Colo. Mine Spill Worse Than Thought
Aug11

Colo. Mine Spill Worse Than Thought

Albuquerque, n.m. — Farmers, towns and tribes slammed water-intake gates shut as a sludge-laden plume from a Colorado mine spill rolled down principal rivers in the desert Southwest on Monday, prompting local officials and families to demand answers about possible long-term threats from heavy metals borne along by the spill. Colorado and New Mexico declared stretches of the Animas and San Juan rivers to be disaster areas as the...

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