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EPA lays out 1st steps to clean up southwest Colorado mine

EPA lays out 1st steps to clean up southwest Colorado mine

The Associated Press
June 14, 2018 12:29 PM

DENVER (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has come up with an interim plan to hold back some of the toxic heavy metals that spill into rivers from old southwestern Colorado mining sites.

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The proposal released Thursday calls for taking short-term cleanup steps while the EPA searches for a more permanent solution under the Superfund program.

The interim plan focuses on controlling or removing contaminants at 26 sites including mine waste piles, ponds, and rivers. The cleanup will eventually cover 48 mining sites.

The cleanup was prompted by a massive 2015 spill at the Gold King mine near Silverton. An EPA-led contractor crew inadvertently triggered a blowout of 3 million gallons of wastewater contaminated with arsenic, lead, and other toxic metals.

The yellow-orange waste stream polluted rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

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