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Contractor Escapes CERCLA Claims from Gold King Mine Blowout

Nov. 22, 2022, 5:52 PM

Federal contractor Weston Solutions Inc. won’t have to face CERCLA claims over the Gold King Mine blowout because it wasn’t responsible for treating or disposing of hazardous substances on the date of the release.

The 2015 Gold King Mine blowout released of millions of gallons of contaminated water into the Animas and San Juan rivers. New Mexico and the Navajo Nation sued Sunnyside Gold Corp. and the EPA in 2016, claiming that EPA contractors triggered the release of more than 3 million gallons of wastewater and sediment from the Colorado mine while investigating the site.

Weston Solutions, a technical assistance ...