Abandoned Mines


Tue April 17, 2012

As Deadly Bat Disease Inches West, U.S. Forest Service Weighs Options on Colorado Cave Closures

A U.S. Forest Service worker stands in front of a closed cave in Missouri. This spring the deadly bad disease, White Nose Syndrome, was detected in Missouri, Delaware and Alabama.
USFWS/Ann Froschauer

The U.S. Forest Service says it’s weighing options when it comes to renewing a closure of caves and abandoned mines in Colorado and four other states. The news comes as one environmental group is calling for even more closures in the West to prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome, which has killed millions of bats on the East Coast.

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Tue February 14, 2012

Udall Mines Clarification For Good Samaritan Cleanup Rules

Water poluted by high mineral content flows from the abandoned Argo Mine near Idaho Springs.
Bruce McAllister Environmental Protection Agency - Public Domain

Colorado Senator Mark Udall took to the US Senate floor Tuesday morning in an attempt to find better ways volunteers can legally help clean up abandoned hard rock mines in the west. Polluted water flows out of these mines and that can contaminate entire watersheds.

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Mon July 18, 2011

Congress Wants to Accelerate Clean Up of Colorado Mines

Capitol News Connectiona

Colorado’s abandoned mines are notorious safety and environmental hazards. Congress is working on legislation that could accelerate the clean-up and closure of the potential death traps. But the idea is not without hazards of its own.

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