August 9, 2016
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Friday it is awarding about $1.2 million in reimbursements to tribal, local and state agencies in the Four Corners region for costs associated with the response to the Gold King Mine spill. Over the last year the EPA has dedicated more than $29 million to respond to the incident with the majority of the funds dedicated to stabilizing the mine and reducing the acid mine drainage at the Gold King Mine site.
The announcement came on the one-year anniversary of the spill which occurred when EPA crews accidentally triggered the release of about 880,000 pounds of heavy metals into a tributary of the Animas River near Silverton, Colo., while cleaning up abandoned mining sites.
According to the press release, the Navajo Nation will receive about $445,000 in reimbursements for costs associated with the response to the spill, including field evaluations, water quality sampling, laboratory work and personnel costs. The tribe previously was awarded about $158,000 by the EPA.
About $710,000 will be distributed to other state, tribal and local governments in Colorado and Utah, according to an EPA press release. Read the story in the Farmington Daily Times here.