EPA pollutes Colorado river with 1M gallons toxic waste


The EPA was investigating the abandoned Gold King Mine on Wednesday together with the state Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety, when they triggered the release of the waste into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas River in San Juan County.

Ironically, their original aim was to discover a safe way to pump out the wastewater and treat it.

One million gallons of toxic wastewater discharged. The spill turned water in the river bright orange.

Of course the mainstream media will not cover such things. This story comes from RT.com…yes, Russia Today, essentially a media in the same vein as Al Jazeera, Al Gore’s favorite news source. Local residents were advised to cut back on water use and keep away from the contaminated river until officials, the ones that caused the problem, give it the all clear.

The primary environmental concern is the pulse of contaminated water containing sediment and metals flowing as an orange-colored discharge downstream,” said EPA spokesman Rich Mylott.

Not even a “We are sorry”, just official gobblygook.

The report is here.

By Thursday, the spill had made its way to La Plata County and the city limits of Durango, the local Durango Herald reported. The city was forced to stop pumping river from the water and close it for public use.

City residents were asked to conserve water from the local reservoir, which cannot be refilled with the Animas River now under quarantine. However, no formal water restrictions were issued.

The EPA expects the first results of the tests to come out on Friday. They will show whether the waste has passed and poses no risk to aquatic life or water users.



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