From left, Steve Fearn of Silverton, Sabrina Forrest of the
Environmental Protection Agency’s Denver office, Kay Zillich
of the Bureau of Land Management, and Peter Butler of Durango
discuss water quality issues associated with mine runoff above Gladstone
during a site visit in September 2010 at the Red and Bonita Mine.
A handful of abandoned mines near Gladstone are responsible for enough contamination of Cement Creek and the Animas River to justify Superfund listing, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, but that won’t happen without community support.
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