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Meeting will focus on work at Superfund site

The Daily Times staff
Debris from the Gold King Mine spill cascades down a mountainside north of Silverton, Colo., on Aug. 10, 2015.

FARMINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will have a public meeting in Shiprock to share information about the designation of the Bonita Peak Mining District as a Superfund site.

In September, the EPA added the Bonita Peak Mining District, which consists of 48 mining sites including the Gold King Mine, to the Superfund list.

The designation was issued after millions of gallons of water contaminated with heavy metals were released from the Gold King Mine into the Animas and San Juan rivers in August 2015.

Presentations by the EPA will discuss how placing the Bonita Peak Mining District on the Superfund list will help address the environmental impacts of abandoned mines in the district, preliminary cleanup and investigatory work in the mining district this year, and work planned for next year, according to the public notice.

The meeting will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Shiprock Chapter house.

Translation into the Navajo language will be provided, the public notice states.

The agency will also have staff to talk with residents about ongoing work to address abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo reservation.