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The Animas River ran yellow with toxin-tainted wastewater that was accidentally released from the abandoned Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado, in August 2015. The EPA has declared the area a Superfund site.

Environmental and tribal activists welcomed the government’s announcement Wednesday that it had designated the Gold King Mine a Superfund site, advancing the cleanup of an area contaminated by a multimillion-gallon toxic spill last year. Read more»

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, first told the Senate Indian Affairs Committee members last week that they needed to subpoena EPA officials to get answers in their probe of the Gold King Mind spill.

A Senate committee issued a subpoena Wednesday demanding that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy or an assistant administrator appear at an April 22 hearing in Phoenix on the Gold King Mine spill. Read more»

The Animas River, days after an Aug. 5 spill of toxin-tainted wastewater from the abandoned Gold King Mine in Colorado. The spill has since been cleaned up, but regulators – and nearby residents – are keeping a wary eye on it.

Six months after the Gold King Mine spill dumped nearly 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River, regulators say the immediate threat has passed, but others say the long-term threat remains. Read more»

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye told a  Senate committee that EPA’s reponse to the Animas River spill created a “culture of distrust” between the tribe and the agency.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye on Wednesday blasted the Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of a toxic spill in the Animas River, saying the agency’s response left his tribe feeling abandoned, uncertain and hopeless. Read more»