Toxic sludge sends Colorado mining town back in time

August 10, 2015 10:26 PM

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SILVERTON, Colo. — Howls of outrage still echo through this old mining town five days after an Environmental Protection Agency contractor spilled an estimated 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into the Animas River, temporarily turning the beloved waterway orange and acidic.

The “slug” of pollutants moving downstream through New Mexico toward Lake Powell in Utah is forcing farmers and ranchers to temporarily turn off their taps. It also raises concerns about any long-term impact on fish, insects and other aquatic creatures.

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