“I fully support the local communities and Gov. Hickenlooper in their effort to add these mine sites – including the site of the Gold King Mine spill – to the Superfund National Priorities List. Designating these abandoned mines a Superfund site will allow the EPA and the state of Colorado to work on long-term and robust cleanup that will directly benefit New Mexico communities downstream, and ensure this never happens again. This must continue to be a collaborative effort with input from the community in the entire watershed.”
Heinrich called for the area to be put on the national priorities list during a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs oversight hearing on the Gold King Mine spill in September 2015.