Saturday August 08, 2015

The EPA Accidentally Turned This River Toxic And Orange

The EPA normally responds to disasters, but this week, they did the complete opposite and accidentally let out a million gallons of contaminated mine water into the Animas River near Durango, Colorado. Considering the fact that contamination is persistent and rivers don't respect borders, the EPA has a huge problem on their hands.

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The EPA also revealed their test results---the mine water contains high levels of lead, arsenic, cadmium, and aluminum. The bright orange color comes from sediment. The EPA said the local sheriff's decision to close the river to kayakers and tubers was appropriate given their numbers, though the agency didn't give specifics. The city of Durango has also stopped pumping water from the Animas River into its reservoir.

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