Cleanup of abandoned mines could get boost under congressional infrastructure bill, relieving rivers
Abandoned coal mines are concentrated along the Appalachian Mountains, with clusters also dotting the Midwest and Rocky Mountains
Joe Biden’s plan would spend $16B to clean up old mines and oil wells and support jobs to do it
Colorado Sen. Bennet also has introduced legislation to to clean up federal well and mine sites and strengthen bond requirements for drilling on public lands.
EPA announces Colorado-based office dedicated to cleaning up abandoned mines
The Office of Mountains, Deserts and Plains will take charge of remediating abandoned mine lands, including the Gold King Mine in southwest Colorado
50 million gallons of polluted water pours daily from mine sites across the U.S., including Colorado
That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting water supplies in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at least five other states.
Cory Gardner, Scott Tipton bring new “good Samaritan” bill to address abandoned mines and stoke solution for $50B problem
Congress has been debating for decades how to deal with the $50 billion problem of abandoned mines across the U.S.
In wake of Gold King Mine spill, a study will be launched on mining pollution in Lake Powell
The study comes after the EPA accidentally triggered a massive release of wastewater laden with toxic metals at the Gold King Mine three years ago
Three years after the Gold King Mine spill there’s no fix to leaky abandoned mines. What’s the holdup?
Today, the problem of mines leaching heavy metals into bodies of water remains, for the most part, unaddressed