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Animas River Spill Spawns Conspiracy Theories

On August 5, 2015, contractors working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accidentally released about three million gallons of polluted mine wastewater into Colorado’s Animas River. The stew of toxic elements temporarily turned the river orange and caused concern for wildlife, farmers, tourism, and those who depend on the river for drinking water. Tests conducted three weeks after the spill found no harmful levels of any contaminants in the river, though many are concerned that the river’s sediments may be toxic and remain so for years to come.

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