EPA paying $1 million in response costs after mine spill

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Posted: Apr 28, 2016 8:16 PM

DENVER (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it's reimbursing states, tribes and local governments about $1 million for their costs after the agency accidentally triggered a spill from a Colorado mine.

The EPA said Thursday the money is being paid to Colorado, New Mexico and Utah state governments, the Navajo and Southern Ute tribes and Colorado counties and towns.

Most of the money is for the cost of their response to the Gold King Mine spill in August.

The EPA says it's considering requests for another $570,000 in expenses from the immediate aftermath.

The EPA released the totals after La Plata County, Colorado, said the agency turned down a request for $2.4 million over 10 years for future expenses. The EPA said it doesn't cover future expenses under an agreement the county proposed.