Gold King Mine treatment plant running again after outage

March 16, 2019

The plant treating wastewater from the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado is reportedly ?up and running? on Saturday after being knocked out by a winter storm on Thursday.

New Mexico Environment Department spokeswoman Maddy Hayden said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told them the that the treatment facility was in operation.

?We do not know at this point what actions were taken to get the system back online,? she said.

The EPA said fluctuating electricity stopped the plant Thursday night but didn?t believe downstream drinking water would be affected. An avalanche blocking the access road also kept operators from reaching the plant, further complicating matters.

According to a Friday news release from the NMED, The U.S. Geological Survey is sending a team that will collect water and sediment samples at multiple points in the state along the Animas and San Juan rivers.

The facility was installed after the EPA inadvertently triggered a wastewater spill from the Gold King in 2015, contaminating rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.