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Colorado Gov. issues disaster declaration after mine spill

Colorado Gov. issues disaster declaration after mine spill

Farmers, towns and tribes slammed water-intake gates shut as a sludge-laden plume from a Colorado mine spill rolled down principal rivers in the desert Southwest on Monday, prompting local officials and families to demand answers about possible long-term threats from heavy metals borne along by the spill. Colorado and New Mexico declared stretches of the Animas and San Juan rivers to be disaster areas as the orange-colored waste stream estimated to be 100 miles long churned downstream toward Lake Powell in Utah after the spill Wednesday at the abandoned Gold King mine. The Navajo Nation, which covers parts of New Mexico, Utah and Arizona, also declared an emergency as it shut down...

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