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Gold King Mine Data, October 23, 2015

Data from Gold King Mine Response

Surface water and sediment concentrations are now below recreational screening levels. The river system as a whole is being maintained at pre-event conditions.

It is important to keep in mind that metal concentrations in water and sediment may fluctuate. Fluctuations occur because of weather and other events that change water flow rates or volume. They can also occur if sediments are accumulating at a higher than normal rate at a particular site, before being washed away by the next high water event. 

As the response to the mine release transitions to long-term evaluations, EPA will continue to monitor for any abnormal occurrences of metal concentration exceedances of risk-based screening levels.

EPA surface water samples collected on October 8th, 9th and 14th from locations along the Animas River in New Mexico.

EPA sediment samples collected on October 8th, 9th and 14th from locations along the Animas River in New Mexico.

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