Thanks to the flushing power of water, the Animas River is being opened for drinking water and recreation. According to ABC7News the sediment samples in the Animas River are back to pre-spill levels and the river is being opened for pre-spill uses. The EPA is sampling and has something called The Gold King Mine Release Unified Command Joint Information Center to answer all your questions, such as if you accidentally ingest some of the water you won’t die.
“Release” is the term typically used to refer to a spill. It sounds better than spill, particularly if you are responsible for said release. The news article mentions that the mine is leaking about 600 gpm water. That sounds much better than 864k gallons/day. The EPA doesn’t have deep pockets so they haven’t rushed to make reimbursements.
Life is certainly different if you are the good guys and the champions of the environmentalists. Can you imagine the howls and claims had this been done by a private company.
We are the EPA, so you can trust us?