(NEW YORK) — Officials in as many as three western states are slamming the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for causing a toxic waste spill that is still rushing down a major river.
Toxic waste water is spewing from an abandoned mine in southwest Colorado.
Thick, yellow muck is rushing down the Animas River towards the crystal waters of Lake Powell in Utah. There are concerns it could reach as far as the Grand Canyon.
The EPA is tasked with protecting these waters, but is now under fire after waiting almost 24 hours to notify state and local officials of the spill.
Environmental officials say the water contains heavy metals, including lead and arsenic. The acidity in some areas are as strong as black coffee.
Muinicipal drinking water is safe but the EPA is warning people to stay out of the river.
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