Anger Rises as E.P.A. Increases Estimate of Toxic Water Spill at Colorado Mine

August 10, 2015 12:56 PM

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Anger Rises as E.P.A. Increases Estimate of Toxic Water Spill at Colorado Mine

DURANGO, Colo. — Anger over a spill of toxic water from a mine that turned this community’s river into a yellow-orange ribbon rose on Sunday when the Environmental Protection Agency announced that the spill was three times larger than previously stated — and that the agency was still unsure if the polluted water posed a health threat to humans or animals.

The agency, typically charged with responding to toxic disasters, has claimed responsibility for the spill, which unleashed a chemical brew that caused levels of arsenic, lead and other metals to spike in the Animas River, a tributary that plays a vital role in the culture and economy in this patch ...

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