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.
— 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
— Eduardo Rodriguez (@EduardoElTiempo) August 8, 2015
— David Krause (@DavidKrause) August 8, 2015
— 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
— Tejas Conservative (@TXGaryM) August 7, 2015
— Noah Wehrman (@NoahWehrman) August 7, 2015
you had one job https://t.co/awqM72q8WT
— George (@JorgeOrtega) August 7, 2015
— 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
— Kahley (@CMKahley) August 8, 2015
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