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EPA administrator reported coming to town
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Posted on August 03 2017, 1:17pm by Mark Esper in Local News category


Unconfirmed reports indicate EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt may visit Silverton on Friday, Aug. 4, in recognition of the second anniversary of the Gold King Mine spill.

But EPA officials in Denver were unable to verify the visit as of Wednesday afternoon. An EPA public affairs specialist was still trying to confirm the visit at press time.

Pruitt is expected to visit Gladstone and the Gold King Mine site in the morning, and then meet with the Superfund’s community planning group, which includes town and county representatives.

But as of Wednesday after- noon, County Administrator Willy Tookey said he’s seen “nothing confirmed. No agenda. Nothing.”

The Aug. 5, 2015 Gold King Mine spill, caused by an EPA contractor probing the Gold King #7 portal, sent about 3 million gallons of acidic, met- als-laden water down the Ani- mas River, triggering emergency responses in four states.

Subsequently, town and county officials agreed to the creation of a Superfund site covering some 48 mining-relat- ed parcels in the county.

Since the spill, a tempo- rary treatment plant has been installed at Gladstone, treating about 100 gallons a day still leaking from the Gold King Mine portal.

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