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Updated: 11/28/2017 minor change - replacing a stale font in one area; 11/26/2014 Local Pollution: San Juan River Basin/Four Corners Area - Northwestern New Mexico, Southwestern Colorado and Vicinity Article: Contamination found in northwestern NM rivers Source: Farmington Daily Times Newspaper Date: 4/7/2014 Author/Other: Associated Press Link: Excerpt: FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Bacteria from human waste may be entering several northwestern New Mexico rivers from septic systems or illegal dumping, according to unexpected preliminary results from an environmental group's testing. The San Juan Watershed Group collected the samples in 2013 in the Animas, La Plata and San Juan rivers in Colorado and in New Mexico, the Daily Times reported ( ). Tests for E. coli in water in Colorado met state standards, but tests conducted at New Mexico sites in the Farmington area were positive for human bacteria found in feces. Article: Investigation of battery acid dumping in San Juan River stalls for six months Source: Farmington Daily Times Date: 10/14/2014 Author/Other: Steve Garrison Link: Related newer link: fruitland-recycling Excerpt: FARMINGTON — The investigation of a claim that Tri Delta Iron and Metal employees dumped battery acid into the San Juan River stalled for nearly six months because state environmental inspectors went to the wrong address. The New Mexico Environment Department was alerted in April by various state and federal regulatory agencies that a former subcontractor, Rodney Wilkinson, had reported that "truckloads" of industrial-sized batteries and battery acid had been dumped at the recycling business' property last fall, according to emails obtained by The Daily Times through an Inspection of Public Records Act request. Article: Bloomfield area emergency backup water issues:Politicians debate $2M Bloomfield water project.” Source: Farmington Daily Times Date: 11/30/2012 Author/Other: James Fenton, Article: Power Plant Update: Major Shifts in Area Plant. APS closes 3 units at 4 Corners power plant Utility buys main stake in 2 remaining units to comply with EPA rules News Piece: EPA says Farmington plant violating law Date: Nov 23, 2014 3:05 AM MST Link: Excerpt: FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Farmington officials are disputing the Environmental Protection Agency's claim that a local power plant violated water pollution laws. The Daily Times reports ( that the EPA said Friday that the agency is working with Farmington to address the Animas Power Plant's violation of the Clean Water Act. Farmington Electric Utility System director Michael Sims says the plant is in compliance.
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