Transcript for State of Emergency in Colorado Over Toxic River Heading Toward the Grand Canyon
state of emergency declared in Colorado and New Mexico all because of this. 100 miles of the animas river glowing yellow tonight. That river closed after it was accidently contaminated with 3 million gallons of waste, arsenic, led, the EPA to blame, grossly underestimating the damage, three times bigger than we knew and now headed to the grand canyon. Here's ABC's Clayton Sandell tonight. Reporter: From the air today, that toxic plume, unleashed on the environment by the federal agency supposed to be protecting it. EPA workers, inspecting an abandoned mine last week, accidentally released contaminated water built up inside. More than three million gallons. Water tests show the Orange sludge is a mix of heavy metals and chemicals 3,500 times Normal levels of lead. 300 times Normal amounts of arsenic. Threatening countless drinking water wells and wildlife. We're putting out sentinel cages with small young rainbow trout. Reporter: The flow traveled down the animas river, out of Colorado, south into New Mexico, now heading west toward lake
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