Toxic Spill Turns Colorado River Orange

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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 Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}

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