NMED Chief Scientist Presents 2015-16 Environmental Monitoring Of Gold King Mine Spill

NMED’s Chief Scientist Dennis McQuillan. Courtesy photo

NMED News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s Gold King Mine Spill Citizens’ Advisory Committee, based out of San Juan County, will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 in the San Juan College Student Center – SUNS Room (accessible through the Henderson Fine Arts Building).

New Mexico Environment Department’s Chief Scientist Dennis McQuillan will present a status update and multi-year review of activities related to New Mexico’s Long Term Monitoring Team’s activities.

The Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) is a group of 10 citizen volunteers from Northern New Mexico, including the Navajo Nation, who provide a forum for public concerns while tracking the scientific long-term aspects of the Gold King Mine spill in the Animas/San Juan Watershed in New Mexico.

The CAC was established by Gov. Susana Martinez in 2015 to liaise between New Mexico’s Long-Term Impact Review Team and stakeholders regarding the continuing effects of the Aug. 5, 2015 mine blowout caused by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The blowout released three million gallons of mining wastewater laden with 1.1 million pounds of metals into the Animas and San Juan River systems.

For more information, visit NMED’s Gold King Mine website: www.nmedRiverWaterSafety.org.

For Citizens’ Advisory Committee information, click here.

For questions or concerns, email NMENV-Outreach@state.nm.us.