Federal officials say initial tests on sediments collected downstream of a mine waste spill show no risk to people using Colorado’s Animas River.
The Animas River has reopened to the public for recreational use after the wastewater contamination from an abandoned mine last week.
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.
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.
The toxic waste gushing from a Colorado mine and threatening downstream water supplies in at least three states will continue to be dangerous whenever contaminated sediments get stirred up from the river bottom, authorities said Wednesday.
At the Gold King Mine, Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation, couldn’t help but see the concerned faces of his people.
For rafting and fishing businesses, this year was set to be one of the best but that all changed last week after the massive spill of wastewater on the Animas River.
Colorado’s governor is visiting a stretch of river contaminated by yellow wastewater that spilled from an abandoned mine.