Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

Mine spill report

EPA: 540 tons of metals released into Animas River

EPA

Associated Press

Nearly 540 tons of metals — mostly iron and aluminum — contaminated the Animas River over nine hours during a massive wastewater spill from an abandoned Colorado gold mine, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a new report on the 2015 blowout that turned rivers in three states a sickly yellow. The EPA said its research supports earlier statements that water quality in the affected river system has returned to pre-spill levels.

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Feds decide on operating plan for Rio Grande

Associated Press and Las Cruces Sun-News

Federal officials have signed off on a plan that spells out how the Rio Grande will be allocated and delivered to users in southern New Mexico and Texas over the next three decades. Some irrigators said they're hopeful the decision may boost the chances of a settlement in a U.S. Supreme Court water lawsuit between Texas and New Mexico over the Rio Grande in south-central New Mexico.

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EPA makes $1B available for water projects

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the availability of approximately $1 billion in credit assistance for water infrastructure projects under the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program. EPA’s WIFIA program will provide long-term, low-cost credit assistance in the form of direct loans and loan guarantees to creditworthy water projects.

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