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Animas River Wastewater Spill Three Times Larger Than Original Estimates

A toxic wastewater spill that has turned the Animas River in three states a mustard yellow color and is disrupting life in several Southwestern communities is now estimated to be three time larger than originally reported. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Sunday that three million gallons of wastewater from the old Gold King Mine, located a few miles southeast of Telluride, Colo., in San Juan County, were released from a debris dam that had formed inside the mine. EPA cleanup crews who were working at the shuttered mine breached the dam with heavy machinery Wednesday morning, causing the release ... Read More