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Nov 20, 2015

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Nov 5, 2015

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Oct 19, 2015

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Sep 22, 2015

Newscast for Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 5:32 PM:

Inquiries into last month's spill of toxic wastewater into the Animas River in Southwestern Colorado continue on Capitol Hill.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing Wednesday into the spill at the request of lawmakers from Colorado and New Mexico. 

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Sep 16, 2015

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Newscast for Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 5:32 PM:

  • The chairman of the Congressional House Science Committee says the Environmental Protection Agency's actions in causing a toxic mine spill in southwest Colorado were "inexcusable."  Republican Representative Lamar Smith of Texas is vowing to hold the agency accountable for the August accident and for what he calls a lack of transparency afterward.  Meanwhile, results of independent county testing on the Animas River are generally in line with EPA findings.
  • The 143rd Colorado State Fair closed on Monday with strong attendance, but the discussion continues on whether to move the fair out of Pueblo.

Tuesday Newscast, 9/8/15, 5:32 PM

Sep 8, 2015

Newscast for Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 5:32 PM:

  • The focus on a toxic mine spill that fouled rivers in three Western states is shifting to Congress, where lawmakers this week begin a series of hearings into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accident.
  • A $1.2 million dollar grant will help low-income Coloradans in rural areas get access solar power.

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Aug 26, 2015

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Aug 17, 2015

Newscast for Monday, 8/17/15, 5:32 PM:

  • Some business groups in Colorado are raising concerns over an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to update air quality standards, which includes lowering the threshold for ground level ozone.
  • Colorado native Taylor Phinney has won the opening stage of the USA Pro Challenge.

Thursday Newscast, 8/13/15, 5:32 PM

Aug 13, 2015

Newscast for Thursday, August 8, 2015, 5:32 PM:

  • Authorities are warning that cleaning out irrigation ditches along the Animas River in southwest Colorado is temporarily discoloring the water again one week after the Environmental Protection Agency caused 3 million gallons of hazardous mine waste to spill into the river.  And, ranchers in the area are starting to see the effects of a week without irrigation water.
  • A Colorado Springs woman was arrested Wednesday for knowingly feeding and luring bears onto a residence in the northwest part of town.

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Aug 11, 2015

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Monday Newscast, 8/10/15, 5:32 PM

Aug 10, 2015

Newscast for Monday, August 8, 2015, 5:32 PM:

The Environmental Protection Agency knew that a mine in Southwest Colorado contained a large pool of hazardous water, and was working to slowly remove that water when workers for the agency triggered a release Wednesday. The orange-hued plume is making its way down the Animas River and into the San Juan.

The Environmental Protection Agency and public health officials held open meetings Tuesday to talk with residents in the south Pueblo neighborhoods listed as a Superfund site in December. KRCC’s Shanna Lewis reports.

The EPA eventually wants to test soil samples around some 1900 homes. Previous testing found toxic lead and arsenic levels around the site of the former Colorado Smelter, which closed in 1908.

The former Colorado Smelter site in south Pueblo is now designated a Superfund Site by the Environmental Protection Agency. As KRCC's Shanna Lewis reports, this means the federal agency will investigate and clean up toxic waste in the area.

In 2010 state health department tests found elevated levels of lead and arsenic in properties surrounding the smelter - which closed more than 100 years ago.

The EPA’s Chris Wardell says residents have a variety of concerns about the Superfund listing, ranging from costs to the effect on real estate values.  

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Hundreds of people are expected to testify in Denver this week on proposed rules to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Denver hearing is one of several the Environmental Protection Agency is hosting across the country on the plans.

Sixty-nine year old Stanley Sturgill is from a small coalmining town in southeastern Kentucky. He flew to Denver for the day just to make his voice heard…

Governor John Hickenlooper is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to put an area near the old Pueblo smelter site on the national Superfund list. KRCC’s Rachel Gonchar reports.