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New Mexico officials on Saturday lifted the ban on using the Animas and the San Juan rivers for drinking water after a major wastewater spill in Colorado.
Across the state, there are 148 mines that are "likely impacting water quality with no active treatment," according to the Department of Public Health and Environment.
But there’s still no information on the orange sediment that the toxic plume laced with heavy metals has left in the riverbed and on the banks.
State attorneys general say they’ll be watching the effects to ensure that land is restored and residents are compensated damages.