Fouled waters in Colorado reveal lasting legacy of US mining industry

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Fouled waters in Colorado reveal lasting legacy of US mining industry
Torrent poisoning animals, tainting drinking water
Posted: Feb 20, 2019
By: The Associated Press

Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding lakes and streams without being treated, The Associated Press has found.

The volumes vastly exceed the release from Colorado's Gold King Mine disaster in 2015, when an EPA cleanup crew inadvertently triggered the release of 3 million gallons (11.4 million liters) of mustard-colored mine sludge, fouling rivers in three states.

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