Botched EPA Cleanup Spills Mine Waste Into River in Colorado

A man looks out over the Animas River, on Aug. 6, 2015. A spill of contaminated water flowed into the river and put the city of Durango, Colorado on alert.

Photographer: Brent Lewis/The Denver Post via Getty Images

An environmental cleanup of an abandoned mine in the mountains of Colorado went horribly wrong, leading to the spill of one million gallons of contaminated water into a creek that eventually drains into the San Juan River.

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