Five Things to Know About the Gold King Mine Spill in Colorado

It’s been more than one year since EPA workers accidentally triggered the release of 3 million gallons of toxic mine waste from the entrance to the Gold King Mine in southwest Colorado. The Aug. 5, 2015, spill near the city of Silverton unleashed at least 880,000 pounds of heavy metals into the watersheds of the Animas and San Juan rivers in Utah and Mexico.   

Since then, the EPA says it has spent more than $29 million in response to the spill and for continued monitoring. 

The San Juan River runs through the Navajo Nation, which has received about $600,000 from the EPA for costs related to the blowout. In August, the Navajo Nation sued the EPA over the spill, alleging it has caused long-term damage to the tribe’s agriculture, religious customs and way of life. New Mexico has also filed complaints against Colorado and the EPA. News related to the blowout is ongoing.

Here’s a video telling you five things you should know about the Gold King Mine spill.