- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - Businesses hurt last year by a massive mine waste spill in southwestern Colorado are still waiting for reimbursements from the federal government.

The Durango Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2aq38mx ) that more funds will be awarded to La Plata County and Durango city officials in the next few weeks, but it is unclear what the exact amounts the governments will receive.

An EPA-led contractor inadvertently triggered a spill of 3 million gallons of wastewater from the Gold King last August while doing preliminary cleanup work. The spill tainted rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

Both La Plata and San Juan counties have receive compensation for costs related to the spill, but thousands are yet to be reimbursed.

Durango City Councilor Dean Brookie says reimbursements for businesses that were affected, such as local rafting companies, will be discussed soon.


Information from: Durango Herald, https://www.durangoherald.com

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