The US Environmental Protection Agency won’t pay the $1.2 billion in claims filed by local governments, farmers, ranchers, tribes, and river-running raft companies.
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In a final report, the agency acknowledges that concentrations of some metals at the Animas river following the spill were higher than historical mine drainage.
Norm aims at ensuring that hard-rock mining companies can pay the costs of cleaning up their mines, says EPA.
When Nevada became a state in 1864, an estimated 60 million acres were available for mineral entry in Nevada, of that total 16 million acres have been withdrawn.
Move comes thirteen months after an EPA crew mistake caused millions of gallons of bright orange wastewater to taint rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
Not only did EPA workers inexplicably build a channel for draining mine waste, the agency crew opened up the mine without the proper equipment on-site that day.
The report didn’t identify the metals but said researchers were looking at cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel and zinc.
The state of New Mexico also plans to sue the owners of two Colorado mines that were the source of the massive spill.
Report analyzes 14 scenarios for implementing the final Clean Power Plan announced by the EPA on August 3, 2015, with insights and constructive feedback from several utilities, trade associations and NGOs.
The accident would have been avoided had the EPA team checked on water levels inside the abandoned mine before digging into its collapsed and leaking entrance, says document.
The company still denies the alleged violations, but has agreed to settle the case solely to avoid the costs and uncertainties of continued litigation, it said.
The Congress-led investigation aims to determine the agency’s role in triggering a 3-million-gallon toxic spill into Colorado’s Animas River on Aug. 5.
The EPA was aware of the potential for a catastrophic release of toxic materials from an old Colorado gold mine but appears to have only had a cursory plan to deal with the threat.
About 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater, triple previous estimates, have poured from an old Colorado gold mine into local streams since Wednesday last week.
While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was investigating pollutants at an old gold mine, it accidentally released an estimated one million gallons of mining waste into a creek.
Spending corresponds to a $1.1 million pollution fine and further $6 million on environmental mitigation projects.
The U.S. largest electrical utility, has pleaded guilty to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act for polluting four major rivers with coal ash.
The country's refusal of a deep sea mining venture off its coast has cast a shadow over the emerging mining practice.
The U.S. second largest coal producer blamed weak market conditions and increased government regulation for the decision.
The White House document concludes that the cost of mitigating the effects of climate change could rise by as much as 40%.
The company now has 15 days to appeal with the High Court.
Trans Tasman Resource project will vacuum iron-rich seafloor sands, to later extract the desired titano-magnetite for export to Asian steel mills.
The controversial regulation, which some lawmakers already are trying to block, is one of the most sweeping efforts to tackle global warming by this or any other administration.
Silver days as one of the best allies of modern medicine may have its days counted.
Regulation has been on the table but untouched since 2010.