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Gold King Mine
Gold King Mine

Climate change is eroding work to clean up the Snake River. Is Summit County snowmaking making it worse?

A warmer, drier alpine is impeding water quality for streams and rivers used for snowmaking, like the Snake River that runs through Keystone

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Federal government, Colorado and mining company reach $90 million settlement in Gold King mine spill

The proposed settlement announced Friday would direct $90 million to cleanup at the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site in southwest Colorado

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Mining company agrees to pay Colorado $1.6 million in Gold King Mine spill settlement

When bulkheads were installed in the American Tunnel, the amount of heavy metal laden water from the higher up Gold King Mine began to increase, according to a federal investigation.

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Colorado issues cease-and-desist order for Nederland-area mine that’s leaking heavy metals into water

Tests at the Cross and Caribou mine that drains into drinking water supplies show elevated levels of lead, cadmium and other toxic minerals, as the state threatens high fines.

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Gold King Mine owner sues federal government over 2015 spill

Todd Hennis claims the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has occupied part of his property near the Gold King Mine but hasn't compensated him for doing so

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EPA plan to truck toxic mine waste through Telluride isn’t sitting well with locals

EPA says there will be short-term pain for long-term gain from moving final tailings pile on Telluride’s Valley Floor across town to a monitored mine-waste repository. 

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New Mexico seeks restoration ideas after southwestern Colorado’s 2015 Gold King Mine spill

The projects would be funded through a proposed $1 million settlement with Sunnyside Gold Corp. and its parent companies

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Navajo Nation, New Mexico reach settlements over Gold King Mine spill

Under the settlement with the Navajo Nation, Sunnyside Gold Corp. — a subsidiary of Canada’s Kinross Gold — will pay the tribe $10 million

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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

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EPA settles lawsuit with Utah over Gold King Mine spill

Utah’s lawsuit was one of several legal claims filed over the incident, but no other settlements have been reached, the EPA said Wednesday

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Many hoped the Gold King Mine spill would bring change. Five years later, they’re still waiting.

A congressional fix for abandoned mines remains elusive and clean up around Silverton has moved at a “snail’s pace.” Experts say the disaster shed light on problems, but didn’t drive change like they thought it would.

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Aurora spent $34 million on water from a toxic mine. It’s not as crazy as it sounds.

The plan to tap the aquifer above Park County's London Mine could provide a template for how thirsty cities can draw on new sources of clean water, while also cleaning up polluted mine runoff

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Court upholds Trump move to drop mine pollution rule forcing companies to show their clean-up ability

The mining industry has a legacy of bankrupt companies abandoning polluted sites and leaving taxpayers to cover cleanup costs.

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A Colorado author sought to add context to the Gold King Mine disaster. What he found was unexpected.

"Piecing together the history of the Gold King Mine was especially interesting, because it hadn’t really been done before," Jonathan Thompson said

SunLit Interviews

The roots of the Gold King Mine disaster run deeper than the river it polluted

In "River of Lost Souls," author Jonathan Thompson explores disparate forces -- including labor strife -- that ultimately led to missteps that tainted the Animas River

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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