EPA Passes Blame For Fish Kill In Animas River

The EPA now says that spill of chemical waste from the old Gold King Mine 3 years ago wasn’t quite as severe as many had thought…
The agency reported Wednesday that the spill didn’t cause any long-lasting damage to fish or aquatic life. It discharged some 3 million gallons of toxic sludge, polluting rivers across Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, and turning them a bright yellowish-orange color. The agency says fish in parts of the Animas River were already killed or driven away by decades of spills from inactive mines. The EPA says in other rivers, the damage to fish was lower, since the pollutants were diluted before they got there.


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