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While the EPA was fretting over your grill emissions, they contaminated a Colorado river

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By Doug Powers  •  August 7, 2015 08:56 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Coming hot on the heels of President Obama’s announcement of his “Clean Power Plan” that, if it holds up, will make the EPA even more involved in our daily lives, is this bit of epic bureaucratic eco-bumbling:

A spill that sent 1 million gallons of wastewater from an abandoned mine into the Animas River, turning the river orange, set off warnings Thursday that contaminants threaten water quality for those downstream.

The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed it triggered the spill while using heavy machinery to investigate pollutants at the Gold King Mine, north of Silverton.

Health and environmental officials are evaluating the river as it flows through San Juan and La Plata counties. They said the wastewater contained zinc, iron, copper and other heavy metals, prompting the EPA to warn agricultural users to shut off water intakes along the river and law officials to close the river to recreational users.
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Downstream in Durango, hundreds of people gathered along the Animas River to watch as the blue waters turned a thick, radiant orange and yellow just after 8 p.m., nearly 34 hours after the spill started.

“It is a sad day. The fish could be gone,” said Daniel Silva, 37, who was fishing near Durango as he does every day after work. “I am safety-orientated. Working in the oil fields, we take measures every day to prevent leakage. Why didn’t they? If this kills the fish, what do we do?”

Save the planet: Shutter the EPA! But don’t worry, because they’ll soon be back to focusing on lessening your grill emissions and hotel shower usage as an offset.

The EPA’s river clean-up effort will undoubtedly involve lots of big equipment that’s powered by fossil fuels, mostly because God loves irony.

**Written by Doug Powers

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