EPA Chief Visits Site of Colorado Chemical Spill

The agency faces a lawsuit after the accidental release of 3 million gallons of toxic chemicals into the Animas River.
2:08 | 08/13/15

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Now to that toxic chemical spill and Colorado they head of the EPA on the scene there claiming the water. Is back to normal but the agency is facing a possible lawsuit and businesses that rely on the rivers are hurting ABC's Cain a whitworth. Is in Durango for us again this morning good morning you know. Rob any good morning as a little bit eerie because when you look behind me that river looks vastly different than it did a week ago but I wanna see something. Just underneath the surface we pulled this rock this morning and you can see it is covered in those toxic heavy metals. EPA saying they're testing that water for 24 different metals including Mercury. The attorneys general of Colorado Utah and New Mexico speaking out overnight about the EPA's accidental release of three million gallons of toxic chemicals and animus river. Saying it they're considering taking legal action this is not the end of the story damage sometimes doesn't show up. Four months or it. Even years. EPA does take full responsibility for this incident this and EPA officials are on site and in full damage control mode saying early tests show vast improvement the Colorado department of public health now clearing water treatment facilities to collect from the animus river again. The mustard yellow color fading from the hundreds of miles of river contaminating three states but the danger still presents. I'm more than forty miles downstream from the gold king mine where this spill happened seven days ago. A look at this it doesn't take very much to kick up these toxic heavy metals things like lead and dangerously high levels of arsenic. Summers are short in Durango Colorado and local businesses that make their living on the animus river are hurting don't lose about 45% of our season right now and while the overall environmental effects are unknown the EPA telling ABC news they know the water is flowing to Lake Powell. And they have votes testing it and keeping people out. Others say Lake Powell holds more than four trillion gallons of water. Which would essentially dwarf this film but that's not making people feel any better David EPA saying we might not have test results until Sunday. All right can we worked in Colorado again vs morning came to thank.

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