- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has declared a state of emergency for parts of the state affected by a mine wastewater spill from Colorado.

Herbert says the executive order issued Wednesday directs state agencies to help people and businesses in southern Utah who depend on water from the San Juan River deal with the long-term effects of contamination.

Governors in New Mexico and Colorado, as well as the Navajo Nation, have made similar declarations as the 3-million-gallon spill accidently unleashed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency passed through their states.

Utah officials say their calculations indicate the plume has reached the state, but it’s hard to confirm because it’s since assimilated into the river water and lost its distinctive yellow color.

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