<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/local Tue, 03 May 2016 16:05:02 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[US Sen. John McCain calls for criminal probe into mine spill]]> http://gazette.com/us-sen.-john-mccain-calls-for-criminal-probe-into-mine-spill/article/feed/340546?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-sen.-john-mccain-calls-for-criminal-probe-into-mine-spill/article/feed/340546?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain on Friday called for a criminal investigation into actions by the Environmental Protection Agency that led to a mine spill polluting rivers in three Western states last summer.

During a congressional hearing on the issue in Phoenix, McCain said EPA officials knew about the potential for catastrophe and failed to do proper testing before inadvertently triggering the 3 million-gallon spill at the inactive Gold King Mine last August.

"What is clear now is that not enough has been done," McCain said. "I've come to the conclusion that a DOJ criminal investigation is merited and must now occur.

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]]> Sat, 23 Apr 2016 01:30:12 -0600 <![CDATA[I-70 through Glenwood Canyon fully reopens after rockslide]]> http://gazette.com/i-70-through-glenwood-canyon-fully-reopens-after-rockslide/article/feed/336825?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/i-70-through-glenwood-canyon-fully-reopens-after-rockslide/article/feed/336825?custom_click=rss

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — All lanes of a scenic stretch of Colorado highway have reopened nearly two months after a large rockslide first blocked them.

Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon, about 135 miles west of Denver, reopened Wednesday. The state says the $5 million worth of emergency work was completed 23 days ahead of schedule.

Boulders the size of small cars came tumbling onto the highway along the Colorado River on Feb. 15. A tractor-trailer was damaged but no one was hurt.

The slide kept all four lanes on a 17-mile stretch of the interstate closed for a nearly a week, sending drivers on detours of up to four hours. In the following weeks, some lanes were open to traffic while the road was repaired and

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]]> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 18:31:24 -0600 <![CDATA[2 dozen Colorado water systems say lead exceeds US standard]]> http://gazette.com/2-dozen-colorado-water-systems-say-lead-exceeds-us-standard/article/feed/335248?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-dozen-colorado-water-systems-say-lead-exceeds-us-standard/article/feed/335248?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — About two dozen Colorado water systems have reported lead levels exceeding federal guidelines, but officials say the lead usually comes from pipes in older buildings and isn't in the water supply itself.

An AP analysis of federal data found that nearly 1,400 water systems nationwide serving 3.6 million Americans exceeded the standard at least once between Jan. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2015.

State Safe Drinking Water Program manager Ron Falco says 22 or 23 Colorado water systems are above the standard.

According to federal data, they serve a combined population of about 45,000. But a handful of systems serving a combined 9,000 people disputed the levels listed in the EPA data.

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