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EPA Workers Accidentally Cause Toxic Spill

Entrance to the Gold King Mine on the left, and the runoff from the spill on the right

Entrance to the Gold King Mine on the left, and the runoff from the spill on the right

On August 5th, a team of Environmental Protection Agency workers accidentally breeched a contamination dam from the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Co., releasing three million gallons of toxic yellow sludge into the Animas River. The Gold King Mine has been abandoned since the 1920s, and was set to be plugged so that acid drainage would stop spilling into the river system. Continue Reading

Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater runoff is defined as the precipitation from rain or snowmelt that flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, rooftops, and streets prevent stormwater runoff from naturally soaking into the ground, according to the EPA. This precipitation can pick up harmful pollutants from these surfaces like oil or grease from a car, pesticides, pet wastes, and fertilizer to name a few. The runoff can flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. Continue Reading

EPA Clean Water Rule

The EPA Clean Water Rule passed last week clarifying which waters fall under the definition of “waters of the United States” and are protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The rule is seeing some opposition from those who are subject to regulation now that the EPA will govern 3% more types of waters than before.

EPA Clean Water Rule