While the EPA and its contractors triggered the Gold King blowout, the agency is far from the only party responsible for the accident.
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.
Colorado's chief medical officer said preliminary water test results look promising. The EPA isn’t ready to draw any conclusions.
Water samples taken after the spill showed lead concentrations in some places that were 3,500 times the normal levels.
In the meantime, state agencies are helping the EPA determine the environmental and health impacts of the accident.
EPA toxicologist Deborah McKean says the sludge laced with heavy metals moved so quickly after the spill that it would not have harmed animals that consumed it.
- Environmental authorities are scrambling to assess damage from the leak, caused when a plug blew at the Gold King Mine near Silverton.Read more