Story by: Jenna Jones, Opinions Editor
On August 5, the Environmental Protection Agency, otherwise known as EPA,
found itself tangled in an ironic situation. The agency, which was created to protect the environment, accidentally dumped 3 million gallons of contaminated water into the Animas River in Colorado.
This has, unfortunately, contaminated the drinking water for the surrounding area, and is continuing to cause issues as it flows south into New Mexico.
The spill has caused the levels of potentially harmful elements within the water supply to skyrocket to unsafe levels and turned the river an orange color.
What to do about this situation is still being decided, and as of now, the EPA is not facing any repercussions. Questions have been posed regarding the accident due to the sheer amount of waste that managed to spill into the river. Many find it to be suspicious. However, the breach in the dam could not simply be plugged up to stop the flow, causing millions of gallons to flow continuously into the river.
The EPA will be observing the river and identifying the areas that are at most risk to work towards further clean up.