Three million gallons of heavy-metal filled waste water spilled into the Animas River as the result of a leak during the treatment of contaminated water in Gold King mine in southern Colorado. The EPA has taken full responsibility for the spill. The spill, which caused the river to turn yellow, crossed multiple state lines. A water sample taken briefly after the accident noted that lead levels in the water were 12,000 times higher than normal, and contained very high levels of arsenic, cadmium, beryllium and mercury as well.
The states most affected by the spill are Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. Attorney generals of those states have suggested they might pursue litigation individually or collectively, though it is too early to determine whether it is appropriate. More>>