Silver mine attempts to smooth out discharge permitting with CDPHE

Ouray Silver Mines recently constructed a passive treatment system to improve the quality of water being discharged into Sneffels Creek. However, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment had some concerns with the discharge process related to the passive treatment.

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by Dalton Carver

A communication gap with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment concerning water quality issues in Sneffels Creek is putting a wrinkle in the operation processes of a Ouray mine, but the issue will soon be resolved with a revised mine discharge permit. The compromise between the two entities is a box Ouray Silver Mines needs to check, but it won’t delay the eventual reopening of the mining operation.
Despite already having built a discharge system attempting to comply with CDPHE requirements and to address past notices of violation, OSM plans to modify its system to address the agency’s more recent concerns over Sneffels Creek water quality issues. According to OSM CEO Brian Briggs, a meeting between the groups is expected in the near future, to smooth out miscommunications between the two entities and to confirm the way forward.
In early October, the water quality dispute between OSM and CDPHE was...

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