Elizabeth Haslam / Creative Commons

The leaders of Arizona’s northwestern-most county are asking Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reconsider the current ban on uranium-mining near the Grand Canyon.

Alan Levine / Creative Commons

Cleaning up an abandoned mine near Silverton whose operator also left a toxic mess in Mancos will cost taxpayers about $10,000.

City of Cortez

The Cortez City Council agreed Tuesday to nominate the old City Hall at 210 East Main Street for listing on the City Register of Historic Structures.

  • Municipal elections in some southwest Colorado towns may be canceled if not necessary due to unopposed candidates.
  • A decision on Superfund status for mining pollution near Silverton may be delayed.

Abandoned Mine Clean Up

Feb 17, 2014
Sierra Club

Originally aired in February of 2014, before the Gold King Mine waste spill into the Animas River on August 5th, 2015. 

Abandoned mines across the west many times drain water that is contaminated by heavy metals and other pollutants. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with documentary video producer Tom Schillaci and Peter Butler from the Animas River Stakeholders Group about how their efforts to clean up these mines is hampered by legislation that places liability on them under the Clean Water Act.