EPA Recommends Gold King Mine For Superfund Listing

Photo: Gold King Mine Entrance Aug 13 Aerial (AP)
Wastewater flows down a trough, right, from the site of the blowout at the Gold King mine in August 2015.

A summary of the district says that EPA officials have identified 48 "mining related areas." In 32 of them, the EPA was able to determine that 5.4 million gallons of "waste rock and water" are discharged daily. 

One line in the summary mentions the August spill caused by the EPA:

In response to the Gold King Mine incident in August 2015, the EPA is currently treating adit drainage discharged from the Gold King Mine.

Gov. John Hickenlooper says he's happy with the recommendation to add the site to the Superfund listings. He also said the state is still working to ensure that any cleanup efforts get adequate funding.

"We continue to support efforts by our congressional delegation to reach consensus around ‘Good Samaritan’ legislation," Hickenlooper added, calling it a significant tool for clean up.

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