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ACTION ALERT – HELP RIVERS IMPACTED BY GOLD KING MINE SPILL

EPA: Commit to Monitoring Impacts of Gold King Mine Spill

Audubon is deeply saddened and concerned about the recent spill of toxic material into the Animas River from the Gold King mine in Colorado. Although the EPA was attempting to do the right thing in cleaning up the wastewater from the mine when the accident happened, the long-term impacts of this spill on our birds, other wildlife, and environment are yet to be determined and will take years to uncover.

Please join us in calling on the EPA to commit immediate and long-term resources for cleaning up and monitoring of all rivers affected by the mine spill and to take all necessary steps to protect human health and that of the wildlife and surrounding environment.

https://secure.audubon.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1979

 

Sign the Petition:

Commit to monitoring impacts of Gold King mine spill

To:  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

We are deeply saddened and concerned about the impacts to wildlife and the environment from the three million gallons of toxic wastewater released from the Gold King mine into the Animas River in Colorado. As the polluted water containing heavy metals and other contaminants makes its way downstream into the San Juan River and eventually the Colorado River, some of this toxic material will be diluted and some will end up in the sediment on river bottoms and banks posing a longer term threat to wildlife that may come in contact with it.

The contamination in the river can be deadly to birds and other consumers as the metals bioaccumulate in the food chain. We will be witnessing the long-term, negative effects of this spill for decades to come, the full extent of which is still a big unknown. This spill highlights the vulnerability of our river ecosystems and communities that depend on healthy rivers, and the very real risks we face when their health is imperiled.

Please commit immediate and long-term resources for monitoring and remediation of all the rivers affected by the mine spill and take all necessary steps to protect human health and that of the wildlife and surrounding environment.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

The Durango Herald – The Animas River in Colorado

The Animas River in Colorado has turned yellow after being contaminated with one million gallons of wastewater that leaked from a gold mine. The EPA has yet to release the health risks, but it has just been confirmed an hour ago that lead, arsenic, and cadmium have been found in the water. [Both of these photos were taken this week]
Source: http://bit.ly/1K8AyfC  ‪#‎AnimasRiver‬ ‪#‎Colorado

 

3 million gallons of wastewater headed to Arizona

3 million gallons of wastewater headed to Arizona  ‪#‎AnimasRiver‬ ‪#‎Colorado

http://www.12news.com/story/news/local/arizona/2015/08/07/gold-king-mine-wasterwater/31297679/

With uranium poisoning wells, Navajos must drive miles to get drinking water

With uranium poisoning wells, Navajos must drive miles to get drinking water

But many who are constricted by circumstance still use contaminated supplies

Thank you Milton Yazzie for your great work on behalf of the people living in Black Falls. You are surely missed.

http://www.azcentral.com/longform/news/arizona/investigations/2014/08/05/uranium-mining-poison-wells-safe-drinking-water/13635345/