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EPA Workers Accidentally Cause Toxic Spill

Entrance to the Gold King Mine on the left, and the runoff from the spill on the right

Entrance to the Gold King Mine on the left, and the runoff from the spill on the right

On August 5th, a team of Environmental Protection Agency workers accidentally breeched a contamination dam from the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Co., releasing three million gallons of toxic yellow sludge into the Animas River. The Gold King Mine has been abandoned since the 1920s, and was set to be plugged so that acid drainage would stop spilling into the river system. Continue Reading