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Colorado's Animas River reopens to recreation after mine wastewater spill

Colorado's Animas River reopens to recreation after mine wastewater spill

Nine days after 3 million gallons of mine waste spilled into the Animas River, Colorado officials, with the support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, reopened the waterway in La Plata County to recreation and signed off on some farmers using its water for irrigation. The river was closed off on Aug. 6, a day after toxic water poured out of the Gold King Mine near Silverton in southwest Colorado, sending a plume of water colored bright yellow from heavy metals. The nearby town of Durango relies heavily on tourism, and kayaking outfitters and fishing guides had to tell customers the river was off-limits. The wastewater was unleashed while the EPA was working on a cleanup...

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