DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is installing a barrier and valve inside an inactive Colorado mine to prevent another surge of toxic wastewater like a 2015 blowout that contaminated rivers in three states.
The 12-inch valve will regulate wastewater pouring from the Gold King Mine in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, where the EPA inadvertently triggered a wastewater spill while excavating at the mine entrance in August 2015.READ MORE: Denver Weather: Chilly And Wet For One More Day In Colorado
That spill released 3 million gallons of wastewater containing aluminum, iron and other heavy metals and instantly became a major embarrassment for the EPA. Rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah were tainted.READ MORE: Colorado Department Of Labor Writing Off $61 Million In Overpayments Made During Pandemic
The EPA hasn’t said how much the barrier will cost. The agency didn’t immediately respond to a phone call and emails Wednesday.MORE NEWS: COVID In Colorado: Douglas County Commissioners Propose Resolution Defying Indoor Face Mask Mandate
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