Heavy Metals

Animas River (credit: CBS)

EPA Says No Risk From Colorado River Sediments

Federal officials say initial tests on sediments collected downstream of a mine waste spill show no risk to people using Colorado’s Animas River.

08/14/2015

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Animas River Open To Public, Recreation After Contamination

The Animas River has reopened to the public for recreational use after the wastewater contamination from an abandoned mine last week.

08/14/2015

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EPA Test Results Show Mine Spill Unleashed Highly Toxic Stew

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.

08/13/2015

Animas River retention pools at the Gold King Mine (credit: CBS)

Damages In Mine Spill Will Take Years To Tabulate

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.

08/13/2015

Animas River retention pools at the Gold King Mine (credit: CBS)

Congressional Committee Asks For Investigation Into Animas River Contamination

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.

08/12/2015

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in Durango on Aug. 12 (credit: CBS)

EPA: ‘Make It Right’ On Animas River Contamination

The Environmental Protection Agency is promising to “make it right” when it comes to the wastewater contamination of the Animas River.

08/12/2015

The Animas River (credit: CBS)

Experts See Long-Term Calamity From Colorado Mine Spill

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.

08/12/2015

(credit: Angie Wingerd/Ignited Imagery) The Animas River at Bakers Bridge on Sunday afternoon shows changes in the color of contaminated water from the Gold King Mine blowout near Silverton. The water is cleared up to an extent since Thursday, when it was a deeper orange color from metals. The plume of contaminants has moved into Utah.

Navajo Nation Says It Feels Brunt Of Colorado Mine Leak

At the Gold King Mine, Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation, couldn’t help but see the concerned faces of his people.

08/12/2015

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Rafting Industry, Tourism Business React To Animas River Contamination

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.

08/11/2015

Gov. John Hickenlooper at the Animas River in Durango on Tuesday (credit: CBS)

Gov. Hickenlooper Goes To See Mine Spill Impact

Colorado’s governor is visiting a stretch of river contaminated by yellow wastewater that spilled from an abandoned mine.

08/11/2015

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