EPA calls for groundwater investigation | KOB 4

EPA calls for groundwater investigation

Meg Hilling
March 19, 2018 08:24 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- The Environmental Protection Agency has issued an order that a mining company up in the Four Corners launch a groundwater investigation in the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund Site.


The unilateral administrative order calls for the examination of seeps, springs and ground wells in the very region in which the 2015 Gold King Mine Spill. According to EPA officials, there are around 48 mining sources in the district.

"We've been interested for a long time in how groundwater really works in that mining district, how water flows through the groundwater system, how some of these historic underground mine workings might be connected," Rebecca Thomas with the EPA.

At this time, EPA officials say it is still unclear how much time and money the investigation would require. 

"Until we do that investigation, it won't be possible for us to come up with good alternatives to clean up the mining district and improve water quality in the Animas," Thomas said.


Meg Hilling

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