Judge: EPA is liable in Gold King Mine disaster

A federal judge has denied the EPA’s request to escape liability for the Gold King Mine blowout near Silverton, Colorado, a massive spill of three-million gallons of toxic mining waste in August 2015 that contaminated rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Chief Judge William P. Johnson of the U.S. District Court for New Mexico denied the EPA’s motion to dismiss the lawsuits filed by the states and private parties, rejecting EPA’s arguments that it was immune from liability for the cleanup and damages caused by the blowout.

State: Colorado River a reliable source of water for Utah

Falling storage levels at both lakes Powell and Mead have highlighted the potential effects of climate change on the Colorado River, causing some to question its future viability as a reliable water supply source for the state of Utah, according to the Utah Division of Water Resources in a statement released Wednesday, Feb. 27.