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Action to deal with Animas River contamination slow moving

Officials, community wait on definitive results about toxic metals
Community meeting

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday to discuss the latest information about the toxic spill from Gold King Mine. The meeting will be held at the Miller Middle School Auditorium, 2608 Junction Street. The meeting will be live-streamed. The link to listen to the public meeting will be posted to the La Plata County website at www.co.laplata.co.us/emergency, San Juan Basin Health Department's website at www.sjbhd.org, La Plata County Government Facebook and San Juan Basin Health Department Facebook pages.
La Plata County has set up a call center for the public. Call 385-8700. The EPA has set up a website about the Gold King Mine incident. Visit it at www.epaosc.org/GoldKingMine.

Action to deal with Animas River contamination slow moving

Kim Cofman and her daughters, Acacia, 12, left, and Cayenne, 14, try to stir up the sludge from the Gold King Mine that covers the bottom the Animas River on Saturday near the 32nd Street Bridge but find the only way to stir it up is to dig into the yellow muck. Toxic waste is still flowing from the Gold King Mine.
Phillip Garippo said his son Sylas Garippo, 3, would normally be playing in the river at Santa Rita Park on Saturday. But the Animas remains closed because of the contamination from the Gold King Mine in Silverton. The river is beginning to fade to from the stark orange color it was Thursday night and Friday night.
A man washes clothes in the Animas River near the Ninth Street bridge on Saturday morning. The river remains closed to the public because of the toxic waste water released from Gold King Mine on Wednesday in San Juan County. After a couple of days of the river flowing through Durango, the color of it has begun to change as some of the contaminants wash away.
Sludge from the Gold King Mine blowout covers the bottom of the Animas River on Saturday near the 32nd Street Bridge. The EPA does not plan to dredge the river to clean it up.
The Gold King Mine exposed adit is about 10 feet wide and 15 feet high. The contaminated water began flowing from the adit Wednesday.
The Animas River near U.S. Highway 550 and La Posta Road on Saturday evening shows some light signs of clearing the wastewater from the Gold King Mine. Downstream agricultural users on the East Mesa Ditch closed their headgate in enough time to avoid contamination.
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