Toxic Spill Turns Colorado River Orange


Yellow mine waste water from the Gold King Mine is seen in San Juan County, Colorado, in this picture released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) taken August 7, 2015. A contaminated plume of waste water accidentally released from a Colorado gold mine by U.S. environmental agency workers has spread downstream and reached northern New Mexico, officials said on Saturday. Picture taken August 7, 2015. REUTERS/EPA/Handout THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTX1NP0MThe Animas River in Colorado has turned orange after about a million gallons of mine waste spilled into it last week.

The city of Durango and La Plata County have now declared a state of emergency after the incident, which was the result of a mistake by a federal cleanup crew.

The Environmental Protection Agency asked local residents to avoid the water. Read more at CNN.

{Andy Newscenter}