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WIPP Hosts Fire Protection & Response Workshop

on August 11, 2015 - 9:06am
Representatives from DOE headquarters and other agencies meet in Carlsbad for a fire protection and emergency response workshop. Courtesy photo
 
WIPP News:
 
Fire protection experts from the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO), and Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) gathered for a workshop this week in Carlsbad.
 
The purpose of the workshop was to identify and discuss applicable fire safety and emergency response

Governor Declares State of Emergency From EPA Spill

on August 10, 2015 - 6:14pm

Contamination discolors Animas River in Aztec. Photo by Randy Foster

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez declared a state of emergency in response to the massive 3 million gallon waste spill in the Animas River in Colorado that EPA officials have admitted to causing.

The Governor toured the spill by helicopter and met with local officials Saturday in San Juan County.

NM Lawmakers Write EPA On Gold King Mine Spill

on August 10, 2015 - 3:46pm

STATE News:
  • Lawmakers Call for Point Person to Oversee Agency’s Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter today to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján expressed their concern with the EPA’s response to the Gold King Mine spill that has sent three million gallons of wastewater into the Animas River.

In the letter, the lawmakers called on EPA to improve communication with federal, state, and local officials and with members of the public, urging the agency to appoint one point person to oversee the

Lujan On Mine Spill: 'EPA Caused This Mess And They Must Take Full Responsibility To Clean It'

on August 8, 2015 - 6:45pm

The normally 'crystal clear' Animas River today in Aztec following Wednesday's EPA mine spill. Photo by Randy Foster

 

The Animas River today in Aztec following Wednesday's EPA mine spill. Photo by Randy Foster
 

 

STATE News:

FARMINGTON – U.S. Rep Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today after participating in a public meeting in Farmington with federal, state, and local officials and members of the community to provide information on the Gold King Mine spill that has impacted the Animas River.

“Today’s meeting made it clear that there must be

Governor Touring Waste Spill In Animas River

on August 8, 2015 - 2:37pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

Farmington — Today at 3:30 p.m., Gov. Susana Martinez will tour the massive waste spill in the Animas River that EPA officials have admitted to causing.

The Governor will then go to Berg Park in Farmington to share the state’s response to this incident.

NMED Informs Residents On Gold King Mine Spill

on August 8, 2015 - 8:22am

NMED News:

SANTA FE – San Juan County officials along with New Mexico Environment Department Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn and New Mexico State Engineer Tom Blaine held two informational meetings Friday on the Gold King Mine Spill coursing through the Animas River.

San Juan County communities and news media were updated with the most current information on state and local responses, with information on the movement of the sediment and on currently imposed public safety precautions.

The New Mexico Environment Department is on the ground taking independent water quality samples every six

NMED Issues Precautions For EPA Gold King Mine Spill

on August 7, 2015 - 8:05pm

NMED News:
  • Contaminated Plume Now in New Mexico

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department continues working with local, regional, and federal stakeholders to advise San Juan County citizens of safety precautions, while updating those affected about the Gold King Mine Spill’s pulse location and effects. 

Adherence to the following important safety measures is critical during and after the period of time while the Gold King mining wastewater release courses through the Animas and San Juan Rivers and the surrounding communities.

Luján Statement On Waste Spill In The Animas River

on August 7, 2015 - 10:18am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 

CONGRESSIONAL News:

SANTA FE ― U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today on Wednesday's toxic spill of mine waste that has reached the Animas River:

“The Animas River is a vital source of water to communities in San Juan County and this spill that has released heavy metals into the water is of great concern. The EPA must act swiftly and thoroughly to mitigate the effects of this spill. 

“I am closely monitoring the situation and my office has been in close contact with EPA to see that the appropriate steps are being

Contaminated Plume From Gold King Mine Toxic Spill Expected To Pass Aztec/Farmington Area This Evening

on August 7, 2015 - 10:04am

Gold King Mine toxic spill. Courtesy photo

NMED News:

SANTA FE – A contaminated plume from the Gold King Mine toxic spill is expected to pass the Aztec/Farmington area this evening, according to New Mexico Environment Department.

The spill occurred Wednesday when an EPA team probing contamination at the abandoned mine accidentally released a million gallons of orange-hued waste water into a local river system, according to the EPA. The waste water contains sediment and metals that had been held behind a barrier near the mine.

Opposition Mounts To Proposal Increasing Cougar Hunting And Trapping In New Mexico

on August 7, 2015 - 9:29am

APNM Wildlife Campaign Manager Phil Carter

APNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexicans of all stripes are opposed to proposed changes to the state Bear & Cougar Rule released Monday by New Mexico Department of Game & Fish (NMDGF).

The ill-conceived and problematic proposals seek to expand the use of cruel trap and snare devices to kill cougars by eliminating the permit requirement for property owners to set traps for the native big cat species and by allowing the use of traps and snares on cougars on State Trust lands, which total nine million acres across New Mexico.

The department also is

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