10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Room 312, 3rd Floor, Lory Student Center

Speakers

  • Theresa Braine (Moderator) Breaking News, National Desk, New York Daily News
  • Matt Brown (Speaker) The Associated Press
  • Ron Cohen (Speaker) Emeritus Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • Dan Elliott (Speaker) Associated Press
  • Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Speaker) Lecturer, American Indian Studies, California State University San Marcos

Description

In August 2015, three million gallons of contaminated mining wastewater broke through a plug of rock and debris at the mouth of an entrance to the defunct Gold King Mine outside Silverton, Colorado, while EPA subcontractors were examining it for remediation purposes. The heavy-metals-laden water cascaded into a creek feeding the Animus River, turning it lurid orange, and from there gushed into the San Juan, which flows through several states and Native American nations, including the Navajo Nation. This is just one of thousands of abandoned mines in the Western United States leaking contaminated water, many of them Superfund sites. This panel will use the Gold King Mine spill to illustrate the scope of the problem and give tips on how to mine Superfund documents and archives for crucial environmental stories.

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