‘You had one job’ EPA slammed for polluting river in Colorado, turning it toxic orange

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.


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