Gold King Mine Spill Points To EPA Institutional Failure

Law360, New York (September 9, 2015, 10:55 AM EDT) -- On Aug. 5, 2015, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency personnel and a retained contractor caused the breach of a dam holding back wastewater while investigating a leak at a Colorado mine. This breach caused millions of gallons of severely contaminated water to flow into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas River in Colorado. The impact of the spill was felt in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and within the reservations of the Navajo Nation and the Southern Ute tribes. The EPA initially estimated that roughly 1 million gallons had leaked from the mine, but later conceded that the extent of the damage...

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