- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Latest on the reaction to the Colorado mine waste spill (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is defending water tests it conducted after a massive mine spill in southwestern Colorado that tainted rivers in three states.

The EPA issued a statement Tuesday saying the tests were thorough and science-based.

Earlier Tuesday, New Mexico officials accused the EPA of misrepresenting test results to make water quality look better than it was.

They also criticized the EPA for saying the water met recreational standards after the spill instead of using the more stringent residential standard.

An EPA-led crew inadvertently triggered the 3-million gallon spill from the Gold King Mine last August. Rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah were affected.

New Mexico’s criticisms were included in the state’s official comment on an EPA proposal to use the Superfund program to clean up the Gold King and nearby sites.

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4:30 p.m.

New Mexico is again criticizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a massive mine spill that tainted rivers in three states, accusing the agency of lying about the seriousness of the blowout.

New Mexico officials said Tuesday the EPA misrepresented test samples taken after the spill to make water quality look better than it was.

They also accused the EPA of saying the water met recreational standards for contamination after the spill instead of using the more stringent residential standard.

An agency spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to an after-hours request for comment. Previously, the agency has defended its handling of the aftermath.

An EPA-led crew inadvertently triggered a 3-million-gallon spill from the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado last August. Rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah were affected.


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