The move comes more than six months after the Environmental Protection Agency triggered a spill at the Gold King Mine.
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
- Some residents are concerned that a Superfund designation could mean a long wait for a cleanup to begin and that banks might balk at lending money to homebuyers and businesses.Read more
- The EPA says a 180-day extension will likely be granted this week to La Plata County and the Southern Ute tribe.Read more