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NMED test show little change in rivers’ pH levels after Gold King Mine spill

FARMINGTON — A plume of toxic mine waste that passed through San Juan County this weekend caused little to no change in the Animas and San Juan rivers’ pH levels, according to results the New Mexico Environment Department’s Water Quality Bureau released today. Before the plume arrived in Farmington, the bureau collected baseline data from three locations — two on ...

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EPA officials promise analysis of river contamination today

FARMINGTON — EPA officials offered little new information Tuesday afternoon on pollution levels in the Animas River after agency workers accidentally released an estimated 3 million gallons of mine wastewater contaminated with heavy metals into the river a week ago. Also on Tuesday, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a declaration late in the evening allowing the tribe to seek ...

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Farmington City Council increases taxes

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FARMINGTON — The City Council raised taxes for the first time in almost two decades Tuesday evening. The two tax increments will go into effect in January 2016, but that revenue won’t reach city coffers until March. No residents showed up to speak about the measure during Tuesday’s meeting, and Councilor Mary Fischer cast the only vote against it. In ...

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NMED test show little change in rivers’ pH levels after Gold King Mine spill

FARMINGTON — A plume of toxic mine waste that passed through San Juan County this weekend caused little to no change in the Animas and San Juan rivers’ pH levels, according to results the New Mexico Environment Department’s Water Quality Bureau released today. Before the plume arrived in Farmington, the bureau collected baseline data from three locations — two on ...

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EPA says 3 million gallons of contaminated water released into Animas River

FARMINGTON — Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday that the Gold King Mine discharged an estimated 3 million gallons of contaminated water, three times the previous estimate. The mine continues to discharge 500 gallons per minute, EPA Region 8 administrator Shaun McGrath said in a teleconference call Sunday afternoon, but the polluted water is being contained and treated ...

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Four Corners Economic Development to intervene in PNM case

FARMINGTON — The county’s economic development group intends to become more involved next week in a plan before the state Public Regulation Commission that could determine whether the San Juan Generating Station continues to operate, the group’s chief executive officer said. “It’s absolutely necessary now,” Four Corners Economic Development CEO Ray Hagerman said. If the PRC denies the plan, officials ...

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Man receives probation in nonfatal Farmington shooting

FARMINGTON — Mario Silas was sentenced Monday to four and a half years of supervised probation in the shooting of a 27-year-old Farmington man in March 2014. Silas, 25, was arraigned in April on charges of attempted first-degree murder, shooting at a motor vehicle, evidence tampering and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on accusations he shot Christopher Benally in ...

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Official says NM is ready for new power plant rules

FARMINGTON — Officials with Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration and a local power utility said the state is prepared to meet tighter power plant regulations — announced Monday by the Obama administration — that are intended to curb greenhouse gas emissions. New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said in a email that the Clean Power Plan amounts to “overreach” by the ...

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San Juan County weighs intervening with PRC on power plant plan

FARMINGTON — The San Juan County Commission will hold a special meeting Wednesday to discuss the possibility of getting more deeply involved in supporting a Public Service Company of New Mexico plan to keep the San Juan Generating Station operating. San Juan County has not yet presented any testimony or documents that the Public Regulation Commission can consider when voting ...

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