- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - Results of county testing on the Animas River are in line with findings by the Environmental Protection Agency following a mine spill.

The Durango Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1K92vb8) La Plata County contracted with specialists to conduct independent tests. Commissioner Gwen Lachelt has said she hoped the study would satisfy members of the public who doubted the EPA’s results.

An EPA team was working in the area on Aug. 5 when the Gold King Mine spilled 3 million gallons of contaminated water.

The independent specialists took samples at the same times and locations as the EPA. Samples were tested for heavy metals like manganese, lead and arsenic at an Albuquerque lab.

Wright Water Engineers Vice-President Pete Foster analyzed the results. He said levels were low, but in general were in line with the EPA’s findings.

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Information from: Durango Herald, https://www.durangoherald.com


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