Force the EPA to pay for the Animas River Spill
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The Gold King Mine Spill occurred in the Animas River in Colorado (which runs into the San Juan River in New Mexico). The EPA claimed
responsibility for the spill because those who caused the spill were EPA contractors. Both New Mexico and the Navajo Nation have sued Colorado. The Supreme Court still won't hear this case. Three million gallons of metal-concentrated water spilled from the mine into the Animas River. Arsenic concentrations reached 300 times the normal level and lead reached 3,500 times. People were told to avoid contact with the water and to not give it to their farm animals. Many farmers and ranchers relied on the Animas and San Juan Rivers. Although metal levels have evened out, metals in the water have settled at the bottom and will remain insoluble unless the river becomes extremely acidic. The good news is that the San Juan River has been rehabilitated to pre-spill conditions. The EPA, however, hasn't reimbursed locals for the damages caused. 500,000 mines still need to be cleaned up and the spill caused around $420 million in damages. The spill has affected so many and ruined lives. The EPA needs to pay for the damages its company has caused.
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