The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke through a rock wall, into the abandoned Gold King Mine in Colorado, releasing millions of gallons of toxic waste-water into the Animas River. The EPA initially said ONE million gallons; then they revised their figure to THREE million gallons.
Environmental activist Erin Brockovich claims that the EPA is lying about the volume of the spill (according to a story in the Associated Press).
From the AP story --- "A series of congressional hearings investigating the spill will begin Wednesday [today]. Republican committee leaders in the House and Senate say that EPA officials have withheld documents that could explain what went wrong."
Kayakers on the Animas River near Durango, Colorado
Toxic waste continues to pour out of the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado