Tuesday, August 11, 2015

EPA Admits Waste Spill From Colorado Mine Actually THREE TIMES Larger Than Initially Reported

No surprise there; Obama criminals continue to blatantly, transparently lie regardless of how many times they have been busted  


Drinking water was said to be safe, but now residents along the rivers told to test well water before using it…

Durango and La Plata County declare emergencies as residents told to avoid all recreational contact with the water...

Federal officials have admitted that the flood of mine waste that turned a Colorado river putrid orange was actually three times than they first thought.

Thanks EPA: Lies on top of lies
The US Environmental Protection Agency said a team was working with heavy equipment last week to secure an entrance to the Gold King Mine, near Durango, when three million gallons of waste was unleashed into nearby Cement Creek The creek runs from Silverton, Colorado, into the Animas River before flowing into the San Juan River at Farmington, New Mexico, where discolored water has been seen 100 miles from the spill.

Officials said that the spillage did not pose a threat to drinking water after municipalities shut down intake valves from the contaminated rivers. 

They have also now insisted that the accident would not have 'caused significant health effects' to animals because of how quickly it moved. 

However, preliminary studies of the water near Durango, Colorado, found that arsenic levels peaked at 300 times more than normal and lead levels at one point reached 3,500 times more than usual.

'Yes, those numbers are high and they seem scary,' said Deborah McKean, the EPA's chief of the Region 8 Toxicology and Human Health and Risk Assessment. 

The metals are dangerous to humans in high concentrations, but McKean insisted that the contaminants were not in one place for long in the river and that individual exposure to them would be low, according to the Farmington Daily Times.

Officials had previously said that drinking water would not be affected, but those in northern New Mexico with wells have been told to have their water tested before using it to drink, give to livestock, cook or bathe.

The EPA said its cleanup team had been working at the Gold King Mine on Wednesday. 'The project was intended to pump and treat the water and reduce metals pollution flowing out of the mine,' said agency spokesman Rich Mylott.

A coordinator for the Gold King Mine project, Hays Griswold, told The Durango Herald that he'd thought only five feet of water was being held behind the collapsed entrance to the mine.

He was going to install a pipe to remove the trapped contaminated water, which had been leaking slowly into the creek. However, when Griswold's crew made a hole in the mine tunnel, he noticed water seeping through the dirt.

EPA idiots don't consider for a moment the possibility of damming up the tributary downstream  and containing the spill

Vice President Jonathan Nez attended a meeting in Durango on Sunday and said that water was especially important to his nation and livestock farmers in it.

'A lot of livestock utilize the water. What are we supposed to do? Stand guard 24 hours to keep our livestock from drinking the water?' he said, according to the Daily-Times.

One farmer said that he would not be able to irrigate his fields for the rest of the season and would lose his crops. 

EPA spokespeople weren't sure how long it would take the plume to dissipate, Ostrander said. The acidic sludge's heavy metals could irritate the skin, he added.

The mine is still reportedly leaking 500 gallons per minute, though it is now being stored in holding pools rather than seeping into the river

The EPA is still testing the plume. Previous contamination from the mine sent iron, aluminum, cadmium, zinc and copper into the water, said Peter Butler, co-coordinator of the Animas River Stakeholders Group.

Contaminants originally made the water's pH drop from 7.8 to 5.8, according to tests from Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety scientist Kirstin Brown. 

A neutral pH is 7, and each whole number below that represents a tenfold increase in acidity, meaning that the Animas has become 100 times more acidic.

Marcie Bidwell, executive director of the Mountain Studies Institute, said that the river's pH had returned to safe levels by Sunday night. 

The plume of contaminants made its way south toward Durango on Thursday afternoon, prompting La Plata County health officials to warn rafters and water users to avoid the river. 

Obama too busy bombing the hell out of Kurdish and Syrian children to give a shit about his blithering EPA idiots, or the citizens of Colorado now affected by this catastrophic, inexcusable blunder 

It was expected to hit the Colorado-Utah border early Monday as it headed towards Montezuma Creek near the scenic town of Bluff.

Durango stopped pumping water out of the Animas River on Wednesday to make sure none of the waste could be sucked up into the city's reservoir. It also suspended the transfers of raw water to a local golf course and Fort Lewis College. 

Two wells serving Montezuma Creek will be shut down, Rex Kontz, deputy general manager for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, said.

In Farmington, New Mexico, officials shut down water-supply intake pumps to avoid contamination and advised citizens to stay out of the river until the discoloration has passed.

'It's really, really ugly,' Butch Knowlton, La Plata County's director of emergency preparedness, told The Durango Herald. 'Any kind of recreational activity on the river needs to be suspended.' 

The mine was opened more than a hundred years ago and its permit was revoked in 2005. 

'The most important thing is what's in (the water). I need to know. Back in the 1800s, things were used in mining that aren't allowed any more.' Steve Salka, Durango's utilities manager, told the Denver Post when researchers were working to find out the plume's contents.

There were already few fish in the Cement Creek watershed because of longstanding problems with water quality, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment said.

However the creek and Animas River flow into San Juan, which contains endangered species such as the Colorado Pikeminnow and Razorback Sucker.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife placed cages containing fish in the Animas River to monitor what happens to them, spokesman Joe Lewandowski said.

As of Monday only one of 108 had died, according to the Guardian.

'We'll see if those fish survive,' Lewandowski said. 'We're also monitoring to make sure we don't get infiltration into the hatchery, because that could be a problem.'

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