Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Animas~The Toxic Mustard River

I took these pics in July of the wild and beautiful Animas River.
Less than a month later, the EPA makes a toxic mistake....
I'm just sick. I also am finding that news coverage of this shocking development is less and less...
Does not talking about it make it go away? ...or is it just going to disappear~out of sight, out of mind?  
Is the Kardashian baby bump better, happier, news? sigh....

While the mustard-yellow hue of the Animas River is fading, leading toxicologists say there could be health effects for many years to come from heavy metals such as lead and mercury that spilled into the water.
"This is a real mess," said Max Costa, chair of the department of environmental medicine at New York University School of Medicine. "These levels are shocking."
Exposure to high levels of these metals can cause an array of health problems from cancer to kidney disease to developmental problems in children.
"Oh my God! Look at the lead!" said Joseph Landolph, a toxicologist at the University of Southern California, pointing to a lead level in the Animas River nearly 12,000 times higher than the acceptable level set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

We depend on nature for our physical and spiritual survival.... 
ommm.....

10 comments:

Manzanita said...

What a pity. It makes "Planet of the Apes,"
look more real, all the time.

Out on the prairie said...

Waste from mining, very sad to see. I doubt there is anything that survived this.

Linda Starr said...

so very sad and disturbing the lack of coverage, imagine the leaching into water wells and the poor animals having to drink and the Apache reservation is severely affected, you took some beautiful photos by the way

turquoisemoon said...

Manzanita, I never saw Planet of the Apes. This is tragic...I'm so glad my granddaughter got to see it. She wanted to float it next year, but now that's out of the question.

Steve...just think of all the animals, birds drinking from this toxic mess. It is just awful and where's the outcry??? the clean up information? I'm just sick...

Linda, Yes!!! Why isn't there an outcry???? Are they trying to hide what the horrible effects??? even the economical ones to Durango/Silverton??? Or will people just forget and go swimming/rafting next year with no knowledge of toxins they're in??? Then wonder why their bodies are falling apart and they're sick??? OOohh....my goodness...

One Fly said...

Of course Kim's huge ass and bebe bump is of much more importance in this country the trivial issue of a toxic spill in one of the cleanest rivers in this country.

A wee bit crude for the kind of place you run here TMoon but it's true.

This is why I hardly care much these days as it gets too depressing.

turquoisemoon said...

Fly, This is amazing... How come people aren't screaming. The Animas,I'm sure you know, flows into the San Juan...into Utah. This is huge and no one seems to know or care about it. I posted about it on FB and hardly anyone acknowledged it. Too busy pressing "like" if you believe in whatevers... humpf!!! I just think about how they use this river for irrigation. Drinking water on the Navajo reservation...this is real and I think it's going to simply disappear from view. People will be playing in this river next summer and if not, two towns (Durango and Silverton) will simply die. Tourists getting cancer from a rafting trip...ugh!!! What's gonna happen??? This just sickens me...

turquoisemoon said...

The Animas River is in Colorado near Durango and Silverton. It flows directly into the San Juan River...so it also is in Utah. Farming depends on this river for irrigation. Lead poisoning is tricky, because at low levels, it can be hard to detect. It can slow down child development and cause learning disabilities, the Mayo Clinic says.
Lead is just one of the many heavy metals released, and it's not the deadliest. The wastewater also contained extremely high levels of arseni

turquoisemoon said...

Oops...I cut myself off...Continued from the previous comment.
Lead is just one of the many heavy metals released, and it's not the deadliest. The wastewater also contained extremely high levels of arsenic, cadmium, beryllium and mercury. It also contained zinc, iron and copper.
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Teri said...

This is tragic! I don't understand why they did not have safety measures in place before starting this job. I read that it will be flowing through the Grand Canyon soon.

turquoisemoon said...

Teri, Ooh you are so right! I heard no news about it today~like it's going to be swept under the rug.. This river also feeds the wells on the Navajo reservation. I'm just sick...