Mine waste has fouled the Animas River before

August 13, 2015 5:27 AM

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Afterward, a Colorado Department of Health official vowed that never again would New Mexico officials learn of mine waste in the river days after the contamination first occurred.

But it did happen again last week after U.S. Environmental Protection Agency workers accidentally released more than 3 million gallons of water contaminated with mine waste into the Animas River. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said it was Southern Ute Tribe officials who first notified the state of...

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