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Animas River

How the Gold King Mine Spill Threatens the Navajo Nation

Colorado’s Gold King Mine spill sent millions of gallons of contaminated water into the Animas River this past summer. More than 130 miles away in New Mexico, along the San Juan River, the environmental disaster is making the Navajo Nation rethink itself.

Animas River Is Not Toxic, State Health Dept. Claims

One week after three million gallons of wastewater spilled into the Animas River in Durango, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment tells 5280 that the river is safe—and they don't expect any long-term health effects.

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