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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

EPA taking claims from Colorado mine spill

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EPA taking claims from Colorado mine spill

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – Tuesday marks the first day people affected by a Colorado mine spill can file claims with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agency accidentally unleashed the contaminated wastewater last week as federal and contract workers inspected the abandoned mine near Silverton, Colorado. The agency estimates more than 3 million gallons of […]

EPA taking claims from Colorado mine spill

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – Tuesday marks the first day people affected by a Colorado mine spill can file claims with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The agency accidentally unleashed the contaminated wastewater last week as federal and contract workers inspected the abandoned mine near Silverton, Colorado. The agency estimates more than 3 million gallons of sludge laden with lead, arsenic and other heavy metals flowed at least 100 miles downstream to New Mexico.

Communities and farmers along the Animas and San Juan rivers were forced to stop using river water, and it’s unclear when it will be safe to resume irrigating.

The EPA says it’s committed to taking responsibility for the spill and effects to downstream communities.
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