Environmental Protection Agenc
Federal officials say initial tests on sediments collected downstream of a mine waste spill show no risk to people using Colorado’s Animas River.
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.
To make a point about its safety, the governor drank water straight from the Animas River, as captured by the Durango Herald.
Xcel Energy Inc. is providing $447,000 for environmental projects in north Denver to resolve a lawsuit alleging clean air violations.