The EPA said this week it is making progress on reviewing about 380 claims for lost income, fallen property values and other losses.
The allegation was made by Sunnyside Gold Corp., which is fighting the EPA over who should pay for a potentially costly groundwater study.
The EPA is installing a barrier at the mine outside Silverton to prevent another spill like the one in 2015 that sent 3 million gallons of toxic water into rivers.
Health care, not the environment, was top of mind for many attendees at the crowded public meeting
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.