The 2-Year Anniversary of the Gold King Mine Spill

  The Gold King Mine spill occurred two years ago on Aug. 5, 2015 in Silverton, Colorado. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was investigating the release of water from the mine and was hoping to remove material that had collapsed at the mine’s entrance. During removal, the loose material gave way, opening the mine … Continue reading The 2-Year Anniversary of the Gold King Mine Spill

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Reducing abandoned mine water pollution in Colorado

By Skip Feeney, Water Quality Scientist, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Water Quality Control Division Recently, I stayed at the Polar Star Inn, a hut in the 10th Mountain Division Hut system. Within an hour of arriving several children reported back that they had found a large hole in the ground that went … Continue reading Reducing abandoned mine water pollution in Colorado

Viewpoint: Leveraging EPA’s Orange River to Abate the Threat of Abandoned Mines

By Mark Gibson If you recall publicity on the Eagle Mine near Beaver Creek or the Yak Tunnel in Leadville, you could predict that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had a manifest destiny to pollute a hundred miles of streams with toxic sludge—from Cement Creek to Lake Powell. Before John Elway ever won a Super … Continue reading Viewpoint: Leveraging EPA’s Orange River to Abate the Threat of Abandoned Mines