The Environmental Protection Agency is being slammed for accidentally contaminating a river with toxic waste water.
An EPA crew charged with cleaning up an old gold mine in southern Colorado released a million gallons of the waste into the Animas River on Friday, turning it an orange color and prompting the agency to warn residents to avoid the water, CNN reported.
The EPA said the spill started when a crew using heavy equipment was preparing to enter the mine to pump and treat the contaminated water, but instead caused the contamination to spill into the river, according to CNN.
Social media was inundated with pictures of the orange river and people wondering if the agency would be held responsible as a private business would for making the same mistake.
Durango resident tells Herald spill was “filthiest yellow-mustard water you’ve ever seen” http://t.co/E8JS7xNaUt pic.twitter.com/cLjvWsSOfM
— CBSDenver (@CBSDenver) August 7, 2015
EPA Dumps One Million Gallons of Wastewater Into Colorado River Dictators can do what they want!!! pic.twitter.com/3TgUdncBT9
— JackieOH! (@Junebug1952) August 7, 2015
Interactive before and after view of the #AnimasRiver #Minewaste – http://t.co/wMDpmZ3WaT @DurangoHerald pic.twitter.com/gZnlbshhB0
— Eduardo Rodriguez (@EduardoElTiempo) August 8, 2015
PHOTOS: A look at Gold King Mine issue contaminating #AnimasRiver http://t.co/uoj4Se5NRR pic.twitter.com/X0geZsont6
— David Krause (@DavidKrause) August 8, 2015
ABOLISH THE EPA: Thanks, #Dems! The @EPA just released 1 million gallons of toxic wastewater into a #River [photos] http://t.co/jvsHBDHZZq
— Kandi Rider (@KandiRider) August 8, 2015
Your Tax Dollars Hard At Work @ABC
— your internet buddy (@cme_phx) August 7, 2015
@ABC so who will fine them? or do they fine themselves??
— Sid Stewart, PhD (@MosesStewart7) August 7, 2015
@ABC @texicalirose You don’t accidentally dump waste water in a river. Are the tree huggers rioting yet.
— Tejas Conservative (@TXGaryM) August 7, 2015
Same Federal Agency that wants to monitor how long you take in the shower did this: @ABC RE https://t.co/Nc76dt4PHb @jtLOL
— Noah Wehrman (@NoahWehrman) August 7, 2015
you had one job https://t.co/awqM72q8WT
— George (@JorgeOrtega) August 7, 2015
@ABC @jtLOL Will they be charged and forced to pay a huge fee for their negligence?
— LeBon Travel Culture (@LeBonTravel) August 7, 2015
@ABC what would the EPA $$$ penalty be if a developer or an industrial concern leaked 1/1000th of this into a natural waterway??
— Brad Martin (@BradMartVB) August 8, 2015
@ABC @EPA Now fine the hell out of the EPA like they do to everyone else. The EPA is a joke!
— Kahley (@CMKahley) August 8, 2015
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