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Navajo Nation confiscates water tanks after mine spill

FARMINGTON — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye on Wednesday ordered tribal police to confiscate water tanks delivered to Shiprock that were intended to hold water that residents could use to irrigate crops and water livestock. Tribal officials were concerned about what they said was contamination in the tanks. The tanks were needed after more than 3 million gallons of toxic ...

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Interior Department will review Gold King Mine spill

FARMINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that the federal Department of the Interior will lead an independent review of the Gold King Mine spill that released 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into the Animas River from an abandoned mine north of Silverton, Colo., earlier this month. The review’s goal is to provide the EPA an analysis ...

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Review of spill damage urged

SANTA FE — Five state lawmakers are urging members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation to pursue federal legislation that would mandate an independent review of the damage caused by 3 million gallons of mine waste spilling into a tributary of the Animas River and possibly provide financial compensation for affected communities and individuals. In a letter sent Tuesday, the five ...

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Mine waste has fouled the Animas River several times over the years

FARMINGTON — In 1978, after a mine shaft beneath a high-altitude lake north of Silverton, Colo., collapsed releasing millions of gallons of sediment-laden water that found its way into the Animas River, neither federal nor state officials in Colorado notified New Mexico of the incident. Afterward, a Colorado Department of Health official vowed that never again would New Mexico officials ...

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State regulators pass on deciding on PNM plan

FARMINGTON — Members of the state Public Regulation Commission unanimously decided to table any action on a plan designed to ensure continued operations at the San Juan Generating Station during a meeting in Santa Fe Wednesday. The commission is considering a plan by the plant’s majority owner, the Public Service Company of New Mexico, that involves retiring two units at ...

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EPA officials visit mouth of Gold King Mine north of Silverton, Colo.

GOLD KING MINE, Colo. — Environmental Protection Agency officials met at the mouth of the Gold King Mine Monday afternoon to discuss last week’s breach, which discharged 3 million gallons of heavy-metal laden water into a tributary of the Animas River. EPA on-scene coordinator Hayes Griswold explained to San Juan County, Colo., officials that an EPA team working at the ...

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