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NM Environment Department monitoring mine spill into Animas River

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Environment Department was notified on Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of a mine spill into the Animas River north of Silverton, Colorado.

On Wednesday, discharges from the Silver Wing Mine discolored the river. A NMED news release said the agency is closely monitoring real-time data from the river in Colorado and New Mexico. NMED said the data does not currently indicate water quality that could affect human health or the environment.

EPA has not required a closure of municipal drinking water supplies that use the Animas River. But the cities of Farmington and Aztec and the Lower Valley Water Users Association have shut off water intakes to municipal drinking supplies in “an abundance of caution.”