On August 5, 2015, workers for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) caused the release of 3 million gallons of heavy metal contaminated wastewater while attempting to enter the defunct Gold King Mine in Southern Colorado. This release of toxic wastewater ultimately flowed into the Animas and San Juan rivers, causing the water to turn orange. Communities and individuals in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and neighboring areas were affected. While the EPA has taken full responsibility for this environmental disaster, businesses, families, and individuals are still suffering from losses caused by the toxic spill.
If you lived near the Animas or San Juan rivers and you suffered damages as a result of the Gold King Mine Spill, you may be able to collect compensation for your loss from the EPA. Property damage, personal injury, or loss of income, related to the spill, may include:
- Loss of crops