It will take many years and many millions of dollars simply to manage and not even remove the toxic wastewater from an abandoned mine that unleashed a 100-mile-long torrent of heavy metals into Western rivers and has likely reached Lake Powell, experts said.
The Animas River has reopened to the public for recreational use after the wastewater contamination from an abandoned mine last week.
What happened last week was not expected even by the gold king mine’s owner Todd Hennis.
A timeline of the latest events regarding the toxic mine spill in the Animas River.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said its surface-water testing done before, during and after 3 million gallons of mine waste flowed through Colorado show very high levels of heavy metals.
The spill of toxic wastewater from an abandoned gold mine high in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains caused untold millions in economic disruptions and damages in three states.
To make a point about its safety, the governor drank water straight from the Animas River, as captured by the Durango Herald.
A congressional committee has asked the Environmental Protection Agency Office of the Inspector General to investigate the cause of the wastewater spill into the Animas River and the EPA response.
The Environmental Protection Agency is promising to “make it right” when it comes to the wastewater contamination of the Animas River.
A timeline of Wednesday’s news about the mine spill in the Animas River.