This month’s page-one story? The EPA has determined that there was no misconduct involved in 2015’s Gold King Mine spill. This news comes on the heels of the announcement by the agency that it was not legally able to pay compensation for any of the $1.2 billion in claims that were brought in connection with the massive wastewater spill.
Balance those two determinations with the upcoming trial of John Duarte, which is chronicled on the second page of this month’s newsletter. The California landowner has been fined $2.8 million for failing to apply for the necessary permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and the California Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.
Other updates in this month’s newsletter include:
- Yellowstone Preserve goes to auction on August 17.
- Navajo Nation to buy 16,379 acres of Colorado’s Wolf Springs Ranch.
- Hall and Hall’s Auction Chief, Scott Shuman, has been dubbed president of the National Auctioneers Association.