In lieu of criminal prosecution, a spokesperson said a report will be prepared for the EPA’s top leadership to review.
For decades some Westerners have tried to make it easier to clean up thousands of abandoned mines, but a solution remains elusive.
"New Mexico and its citizens are now paying the price" of last year's mine spill near Silverton, that state's attorney general says.
The states and tribes say they will share their data and will train first-responders and water users to be prepared for a flood.
The current plan would keep land tracts near clean-up mines out of the Superfund site, which is important to private land owners.
Asking for a Superfund designation means relying on the same agency that accidentally sent 3 millions of gallons of orange waste into the Animas River.
Silverton resisted a Superfund designation for decades. It just took a bright orange river to change things.
- Silverton town leaders resisted Superfund designation in the past. Some feared that it would discourage tourism and investment in the area.Read more
- More than 30 individuals and businesses have filed claims – but most of the requested money comes from only two property owners.Read more