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Damage to Animas River From EPA Dump Still Being Assessed

The extent of pollution to Colorado's Animas River following an accidental dump of mining effluents during an EPA operation is still being assessed, with water supplies in New Mexico also threatened as pollutants leak into the San Juan River.

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.

The extent of pollution to Colorado's Animas River following an accidental dump of mining effluents during an Environmental Protection Agency operation is still being assessed, with water supplies in New Mexico also threatened as pollutants leak into the San Juan River. Although the EPA's early estimate had the size of the spill at a million gallons, the U.S. Geological Survey found it exceeds 3 million gallons. (CNN)

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