That hazmat that turned a Colorado river orange? It’s the EPA’s fault

That hazmat that turned a Colorado river orange? It’s the EPA’s fault
The Animas River, where orange is the new blue. (Image: CNN iReport)

[Ed. – I bet money the original news you saw was like the news I saw — i.e., no one mentioned that it was an EPA CLEAN-UP CREW that caused the hazardous waste dump in the Animas River.  If it had been anyone else, the lawsuits would already be filed.]

A federal cleanup crew accidentally caused a big, and potentially hazardous, mess in Colorado, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

An estimated 1 million gallons of wastewater spilled out of an abandoned mine area in the southern part of the state on Wednesday, turning the Animas River orange and prompting the EPA to tell locals to avoid it. …

According to the EPA, the spill occurred when one of its teams was using heavy equipment to enter the Gold King Mine, a suspended mine near Durango. Instead of entering the mine and beginning the process of pumping and treating the contaminated water inside as planned, the team accidentally caused it to flow into the nearby Animas River. Before the spill, water carrying “metals pollution” was flowing into a holding area outside the mine. …

Officials said they believe the spill carried heavy metals, mainly iron, zinc and copper, from the mine into a creek that feeds into the Animas River.

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