EPA pollutes Colo. river during mine cleanup

August 8, 2015 4:16 AM

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The Environmental Protection Agency took responsibility Friday for inadvertently polluting a Colorado river with 1 million gallons of toxic orange wastewater while trying to clean up an abandoned gold mine.

The spill occurred Wednesday morning at a long-closed Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colo., and fouled the Animas River, a 126-mile-long tributary of the San Juan River, part of the Colorado River system.

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