Newsclip®: [Business] New Mexico is first to sue EPA, mine owners over toxic spill - Houston Chronicle

"ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Monday became the first state to sue the federal government and the owners of two mines over the release of 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater from a closed Colorado gold mine, seeking tens of millions of dollars for environmental and economic damage caused by the spill. The federal lawsuit says the environmental effects of the 2015 spill in which a bright-yellow plume of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals fouled rivers in three Western states were far worse than claimed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA said water quality quickly returned to pre-spill levels, but New Mexico officials and others warn about heavy metals collecting in the sediment and getting stirred up each time rain or snowmelt results in runoff. A notice sent this month to the EPA outlined the damage and argued that heavy metals in the Animas and San Juan rivers remain at levels that present unacceptable risks to health and the environment.",

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