EPA Settles With Utah Over 2015 Gold King Mine Spill
The U.S. government settled a lawsuit today brought by the state of Utah over a 2015 mine waste spill caused by federal workers.
The accident sent wastewater downstream to several states from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado . Utah’s lawsuit was one of several legal claims filed over the incident, but no other settlements have been reached. The Environmental Protection Agency says it agreed to fund $3 million in Utah clean water projects and give another $360 million to the state for remediation projects at abandoned mine sites.