It turned out to be a mine. “There are a lot of similar disasters waiting to happen, at thousands of abandoned mine sites around the U.S.,” says Krill. Stout, J.A.

A cleanup plan is in place, but threat of larger-scale spills remains. In fact there are an estimated 23,000 abandoned or inactive mines in Colorado alone. He is currently taking a leading role with the Mine Impacted Waters Task Force. Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, 1993, Closing a Hardrock Mine - Can you Ever Walk Away?, Gregory P. Williams, Denver, CO, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. One key environmental impact to water quality is acid mine drainage. Recently, I stayed at the Polar Star Inn, a hut in the 10th Mountain Division Hut system.

Church, D.C., 1971, Digestive Physiology and Nutrition of Ruminants, Volume 2 - Nutrition, Albany Printing Co., Albany, OR. Thanks to the nation’s 1872 Mining Law, taxpayers, not the industry, are responsible for cleaning up past mines. , “The Pike’s Peak Gold Rush brought unprecedented numbers of people into the region…culminating in the admittance of Colorado to the Union in 1876.” Most Colorado hard rock mining activity predates the passing of current environmental regulations in the 1970s and 1980s. Mountain Division Hut system. Thesis, Colorado State University. National Academy of Sciences, 1976, Nutrient Requirements of Domestic Animals, Number 4 - Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. Plater, J.B., Zygmunt, Robert H. Abrams, and William Goldfarb, 1992, Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Land and Society, St. Paul, MN, West Publishing Company. These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors.

The answer from experts: Yes. Plumlee, Geoffrey S., Walter H. Ficklin, Kathleen S. Smith, Maria Montour, John Gray, Philip Hageman, Paul H. Briggs, and Allen L. Meier, 1994, See U.S. Department of the Interior, 1994. High levels of metals harm fish and aquatic ecosystems. © 2020 Springer Nature Switzerland AG. “Really what it comes down to is a commitment from the highest levels to put funds toward this very large problem,” says Cohen. This Superfund site in northeast Oklahoma was called “one of the most toxic areas” in the country by the EPA, thanks to high levels of lead and zinc leaking from former mining operations on Quapaw Nation land. According to the History Colorado website, “The Pike’s Peak Gold Rush brought unprecedented numbers of people into the region…culminating in the admittance of Colorado to the Union in 1876.” Most Colorado hard rock mining activity predates the passing of current environmental regulations in the 1970s and 1980s. P2 Resources.

There should have been criminal prosecution. Erdman and K.S. In his role with the Division he championed the development and implementation of a Measurable Results Program to evaluate the water quality impacts derived from pollution control projects funded through the Division. A spill at a mine that turned a Colorado river orange and sent toxic waste barreling downstream 100 miles has many people wondering if the mining site … The study will provide a water quality snapshot from which risk assessment and restoration prioritization can begin. A spill at a mine that turned a Colorado river orange and sent toxic waste barreling downstream 100 miles has many people wondering if the mining site in their town could be next. This is a preview of subscription content. Unfortunately solving the water quality issues related to abandoned mines has its share of challenges. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 1991, Record of Decision, Clear Creek/Central City Superfund Site Operable Unit #3, Gilpin and Clear Creek Counties, CO, September 30.