Four years after Gold King mine disaster in southern Colorado

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Pictured on the right is the contaminated Cement Creek in Silverton, Colorado where is joins the Animas river on the left, which eventually flows southward into New Mexico. The Cement Creek is a tributary that was heavily contaminated with the orange sludge waste water from the Gold King Mine near by. Silverton, Colorado(Albuquerque Journal)

Four years ago this week, Environmental Protection Agency contractors triggered the release of three million gallons of yellow wastewater from the Gold King Mine in southwest Colorado into the Animas and San Juan rivers.

The spill flowed through New Mexico, Utah and the Navajo Nation, all of which sued the EPA for damages.

Read the Albuquerque Journal for an update.