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EPA aware of ‘blowout’ risk for toxic water at Gold King Mine
DURANGO, Colo. -- Newly released internal documents from the Environmental Protection Agency show government contractors warned EPA managers about the potential for a "blowout" at an abandoned mine in Colorado well before millions of gallons of wastewater polluted rivers in three states. The documents show the EPA was aware of the "endangerment to human health and the environment" for more than a year before an accidental spill of more than 3 million gallons of wastewater at the Gold King Mine on August 5 that ran into rivers in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.