Arsenic and Lead in EPA Spill in Colorado

Posted: August 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

The other day I posted the first information on the EPA spill in the Animas River in Colorado. It has since come out that it is three times as large as originally stated and that arsenic and lead are also in the mix of the spill. This is devastating to a huge area served by this river. Her is a newer article on this. Click on the title to read the full article:

Environmental Agency Uncorks Its Own Toxic Water Spill at Colorado Mine

By JULIE TURKEWITZAUG. 10, 2015

People kayaking in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., last Thursday, in water colored from a mine waste spill. The river is now closed indefinitely, with visitors warned to stay out. Credit Jerry Mcbride/The Durango Herald, via Associated Press

DURANGO, Colo. — The Animas River is the cultural soul of this patch of southwestern Colorado, a sort of moving Main Street that hosts multiple floating parades a year and is typically bustling with rafters and kayakers. Schoolchildren study the river. Sweethearts marry on its banks. Its former name, given by Spaniards, is el Río de las Ánimas, the River of Souls.

But since Wednesday, the Animas has been grievously polluted with toxic water spilled from one of the many abandoned mines that pockmark the region — a spill for which the Environmental Protection Agency has claimed responsibility, saying it accidentally breached a store of chemical-laced water.

On Sunday, anger over the spill boiled over after the agency announced that the amount of toxic water released was three times what was previously stated — more than three million gallons rather than one million — and that officials were still unsure if there was a health threat to humans or animals. (read full article here)

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