Zumbrota, MN, September 12, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- On August 5, 2015, the Animas River spill took place and shocked Colorado residents as well as other concerned citizens in the US. In the event, close to three million gallons of toxic mine water spilled into the 126-mile long river, west of the United States.
The management and staff of Fridge Filters, Inc. were disheartened upon hearing the tragic news. For a company that helps people get cleaner and safer drinking water, this unfortunate event is quite alarming. The tragedy did not only put the lives of many in danger, it also led to serious environmental damages, and enormous economic costs, among others.
How did it happen? Well, on the mentioned date, workers of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Environmental Restoration LLC utilized heavy equipment to enter Gold King Mine, a defunct mine that is located near Silverton, Colorado. Along the way, a leak sprung and caused the massive heavy metal spill.
In an interview, Max Costa, chair of the department of environmental medicine at New York University School of Medicine said that the disaster was a real mess and the heavy metal levels are simply shocking.
To add, CNN reports that exposure to high levels of lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and other heavy metals can cause a wide array of health problems including cancer, kidney disease and negative effects on child development.
As per the sampling done by the EPA on different points in the Animas River on August 6 and 7, the levels of arsenic, beryllium, lead, cadmium, and mercury were alarmingly high compared to the appropriate levels that were set by the agency.
In fact, one of the samples of mercury showed that the said element was close to 10 times higher than EPA standards; samples of cadmium and beryllium were 33 times higher, and arsenic levels were more than 800 times higher.
It should be noted that the said metals don’t just disappear, even if they go down to low levels, some contaminated water could still kick up at any time. And while the contamination levels drastically improved a week after the spill, fears still linger since the long-term consequences of the mentioned tragedy are still there. On a report from CNN, experts even add that the adverse effects of heavy metal poisoning can take several years before they become apparent.
While certain moves by the EPA effectively and efficiently halted catastrophic and immediate results, the “ecological price tag” that it carries will take several years to become apparent, especially when it comes to the water quality of affected areas.