A Colorado river turns orange, due to bungling Environmental Protection Agency accidentally flooding it with one million gallons of mining wastes

Oops!

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The Environmental Protection Agency is warning residents to keep away from a river in Colorado after accidentally spilling mine waste water into it.

The EPA was investigating the abandoned Gold King Mine on Wednesday together with the state Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety, when they triggered the release of the waste into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas River in San Juan County.

Ironically, the initial goal was to find a safe way to pump out the wastewater and treat it.

And now, their new goal is damage control! 🙂

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