Skip to comments.EPA confirms Colorado mine spill contains heavy metals
Posted on 08/07/2015 4:53:34 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
DENVER (AP) The mustard-colored muck that spilled from a Colorado mine and surged into a river contains heavy metals including lead and arsenic, federal environmental officials confirmed Friday, but they didn't immediately discuss amounts in the water or health risks.
The spill also contained cadmium, aluminum, copper and calcium, the Environmental Protection Agency said. During a public meeting in Durango, EPA Regional Director Shaun McGrath did not mention whether the elements posed a health hazard but said local authorities were right to close the Animas River to human activities.
At least two of the heavy metals can be lethal for humans in long-term exposure. Arsenic at high levels can cause blindness, paralysis and cancer. Lead poisoning can create muscle and vision problems for adults, harm development in fetuses, and lead to kidney disease, developmental problems and sometimes death in children, the agency said.
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Lot’s of fun stuff in the old mines around Colorado
EPA and contractor crews accidentally unleashed 1 million gallons of wastewater . . .
The EPA really screwed this up. They should drop the effort to destroy the American economy and focus on their actual mission.
I wonder how he feels portraying an a-hole in every single movie he’s in...
What would have happened to the official whose company they were investigating when they caused this spill, if that company had been responsible?
Yeah, I know EPA is not only above the law, they are the law, and the judge.
I hope the EPA officials who caused this are drug through the same wringer that anyone else would be.
Was just going to post that.
By “wringer” you mean promotion, right?
Well said, well said!
The EPA was looking for violations.
I suspect that finding none, they decided to create the crisis.
No. I mean they should be drawn and quartered just like they do to anybody that has the misfortune to cross them.
I wonder if there was any legal action the EPA was conducting when the poison was released.
Is this a pretext to confiscating the mine?
The standard of care for a government employee in the performance of his duties is not negligence, but gross negligence.
I’d like to see the cost for the cleanup to come out of the EPA’s budget directly, without reimbursement, and not from the general fund.
How much are they going to fine themselves?
They will investigate themselves and find themselves innocent
he’s the actor version of real-life Josh Earnest.
Tis a beautiful thing. They fine themselves, make the check out to “EPA,” and use the money to pursue more innocents. Kind of like the fed — creating money out of thin air.
NM media is more aggressively pointing the finger at the EPA being the cause than the CO media. Don’t get it.
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