Mine spill citizens advisory committee to meet

The Daily Times staff
An employee with Environmental Restoration LLC works at a temporary water treatment holding facility on Aug. 10 below the Gold King Mine north of Silverton, Colo., after a spill that released more than 3 million gallons of contaminated waste water.

FARMINGTON – The first meeting for the Gold King Mine Long-Term Impact Review Citizens’ Advisory Committee will be held Monday.

The citizens advisory committee was developed to work alongside the state’s Long-Term Impact Review Team, which was named by Gov. Susana Martinez in August.

Both groups were formed in response to the Gold King Mine spill, which released millions of gallons of toxic waste water into the Animas and San Juan rivers.

The formation of the Long-Term Impact Review Team includes staff members from the New Mexico Environment Department, the Office of the State Engineer, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Game and Fish, the Department of Health, and the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The citizens advisory committee consists of residents from communities affected by the Aug. 5 spill.

A goal of the committee is to help communicate the results of the Long-Team Impact Review Team’s monitoring activities and ensure the public continues to have input with the review team, according to the state environment department website.

Among the topics to be discussed at meeting are the expectations for the citizens advisory committee, time commitments and how to establish a working relationship with the technical groups.

Environment department spokeswoman Allison Scott Majure said the meeting is open to the public. However, the application process for membership on the citizens advisory committee is closed, she said.

The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Room 9006 in the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Center.