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Interior Department Delivers Gold King Mine Technical Assessment to Environmental Protection Agency

Peer-reviewed Report issued by Bureau of Reclamation's Technical Service Center

Media Contact: Daniel DuBray, 202-513-0574

For Release: October 22, 2015

WASHINGTON - The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation delivered a report on its Gold King Mine technical evaluation to the Environmental Protection Agency today. EPA requested an independent review to assess the cause of the August 2015 Gold King Mine Blowout near Silverton, Colo. and provide recommendations to prevent future incidents from occurring.

The Bureau of Reclamation’s Technical Service Center in Lakewood, Colo. conducted the independent assessment on behalf of Interior. The TSC provides water resources management-related scientific, applied research, and engineering services. The report was peer reviewed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and produced in accord with Interior’s scientific integrity policy.

The report, entitled ‘Technical Evaluation of the Gold King Mine Incident,’ is available for viewing at

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Relevant Link:

Technical Evaluation of the Gold King Mine Incident