The Environmental Protection Agency just turned the Durango River orange. A mine CLEANUP team accidentally dumped one million gallons of “potentially” hazardous wastewater into the river, CNN reported..
The Durango Herald reported that the spill carried heavy metals, including lead, arsenic, cadmium, aluminum, copper and calcium at varied levels from the mine into a creek that feeds into the Animas River.
It’s “potentially” hazardous because the EPA did it. If a business did it, they’d be shutting them down and fining them.
“When I first saw it, I was speechless, [the river] didn’t look real,” said Durango, Colorado, resident Ian Lucier. “But in person, it truly looks like the river was turned into carrot juice.”
A team accidentally pumped the contaminated water into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas River. instead of pumping it inside a nearby mine, CNN reported. It had been flowing into a holding area outside the mine.
The EPA said it’s “tragic” and that it’s still “leaking” out of the mine at 1200 gallons a minute, according to one report. This has been going on since Wednesday.
Why didn’t they take precautions to prevent the leak?
Investigators underestimated the amount of wastewater, the Durango Herald reported.
The EPA recommended recreational users stay out of the water, putting a halt to summer kayaking, swimming and fishing for the time being, according to CNN.
“Recommended”? Who would go swimming in this?
There’s arsenic and cadmium pouring into the river and they are only “recommending”?
The Sheriff Sean Smith of La Plata County, Colorado, used his authority to issue a restriction .
The EPA also asked farmers to shut off irrigation from the river to avoid contamination.
If a farmer or company caused this, would the government send in their Gestapo to arrest the fools who did it?
The city can produce only about 5.3 million gallons of water a day without using water from the Animas River. On Thursday, the city used about 5.8 million gallons.
The EPA took their time telling people. Thirty-four hours after the leak, one man was fishing when it went from blue to orange and he didn’t know why.
The river is a scenic spot used as the backdrop for the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Will these people be fired? Fined? Will we see photos and videos of wildlife being cleaned with Cascade? If it was a private company, can you imagine the reaction?