Colorado Pledges Funds to Help Clean Up Gold Mine’s Sludge Spill – Wall Street Journal

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper declared a disaster emergency on Monday, freeing up $500,000 in state funds to help clean up a massive mine spill that sent an estimated 3 million gallons of toxic, mustard-hued sludge surging down the Animas River in the southwestern part of the state.

“Our priority remains to ensure public safety and minimize environmental impacts,” Mr. Hickenlooper said. The spill occurred Wednesday after an cleanup…

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