The EPA called the move "an important step" in getting the resources necessary to further study and clean up the area and downstream communities.
Gold King Mine
- The EPA hasn't identified the metals or quantities that were released in the incident Tuesday near the Gold King Mine.Read more
- The Navajo Nation on Tuesday joined New Mexico in pursuing legal action against the EPA.Read more
- The agency made the announcement Friday, the anniversary of the blowout at the Gold King Mine.Read more
For decades some Westerners have tried to make it easier to clean up thousands of abandoned mines, but a solution remains elusive.
Nearly 70 individuals and businesses across Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and the Navajo Nation have filled out financial claims with the EPA.
One government report estimates 33,000 hard rock abandoned mines are causing environmental problems across the West.
- The release polluted rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, including the San Juan River on Navajo land.Read more
"New Mexico and its citizens are now paying the price" of last year's mine spill near Silverton, that state's attorney general says.