Toxic mines taint the West's waterways

August 11, 2015 10:31 PM

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Concrete Creek, the stream running through Silverton that bore the brunt of the Gold King Mine blow out, was so acidic even before last week's spill that fish couldn’t live in it. An EPA assessment this spring called the water “highly toxic to fish.”

“This is not just an isolated problem. There are mines like this all over the West,” said Roger Flynn, an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder. “If there’s a silver lining, it’s that people are starting to say, ‘wait a minute…’”

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