The EPA–the agency supposed to ensure our water is safe to drink–confirmed it accidentally released enough contaminated mine water to turn a Colorado river orange. The estimated 3 million gallons of wastewater came from an abandoned Colorado mine, carrying “metals pollution” into the nearby Animas River. Thanks to the EPA’s mistake, the river now contains high levels of arsenic, aluminum, lead, and cadmium. And since the Animas River flows into the San Juan River, which flows into the Colorado River, the EPA’s carelessness contaminated water that feeds much of the West.
The river is closed to kayakers and swimmers until further notice. At least when EPA employees spend their time watching porn or sexually harassing co-workers, Americans don’t have to worry about whether their water is safe to drink.