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Short takes from the week in Colorado water:
Ned Prather has his say
Back in June 2008 we all heard about the benzene contamination in his spring near Debeque. Since then the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission has been shepherding the investigation.
Last week Prather finally spoke out about his spring and he claims that the commission has not done enough to solve the problem. "I've always stuck up for oil and gas, but now when we need them to stand up and do what's right, they won't," Prather said, "If I was asked what has made me the maddest in all this, it's the oil and gas commission not doing what they are supposed to do," according to The Denver Post.
Of course everyone knows that Prather's spring is a goner.
Roan Plateau stormwater settlement
The Colorado Department of Health and Environment announced last week fines totaling $680,000 against three oil and gas operators for construction related stormwater violations. Runoff entered watercourses in the Parachute Creek watershed.
EPA to take another look at Atrazine
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching this year a comprehensive new evaluation of the pesticide atrazine to determine its effects on humans. At the end of this process, the agency will decide whether to revise its current risk assessment of the pesticide and whether new restrictions are necessary to better protect public health. One of the most widely used agricultural pesticides in the U.S., atrazine can be applied before and after planting to control broadleaf and grassy weeds. EPA will evaluate the pesticide's potential cancer and non-cancer effects on humans. Included in this new evaluation will be the most recent studies on atrazine and its potential association with birth defects, low birth weight, and premature births.
330,000 tons of uranium tailings removed so far from the Colorado River near Moab
Last week the Department of Energy announced that the project to remove the uranium tailings from the proximity to the Colorado River was showing good results.