Special Team to Look at Long Term Effects of EPA Spill

EPA-300New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is forming a special team charged with monitoring the long-term effects of a massive toxic waste spill created by the Environmental Protection Agency at a Colorado mine. EPA Officials say federal contractors accidentally released more than 3 million gallons of wastewater laden with heavy metals last week at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado. The pollution flowed downstream to New Mexico and Utah. Martinez toured the spill by helicopter Friday for the second time in less than a week. She says that even though the water is clearing up, many questions are left unanswered by the EPA. She says New Mexicans deserve to know the long-term effects the disaster will have on downstream communities. The New Mexico review team includes officials from several state agencies.

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