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Gold King Mine Data, September 19, 2015

Data from Gold King Mine Response

EPA sediment samples collected on September 5th from locations along the Animas Rivers.

EPA has reviewed the data which includes comparison to screening levels for exposure during recreational use. The metal concentrations of the samples are below sediment/soil recreational screening levels, and are being maintained at pre-event conditions. Based on previous monitoring events it has been shown that metal concentrations may fluctuate from time to time because of water surges due to heavy rains or other events that may change the water flow rates or volume.


EPA surface water samples collected on August 26th through September 4th from locations in the Animas River.

EPA has reviewed the data which includes comparison to screening levels for exposure during recreational use. The metal concentrations of the samples are below surface water recreational screening levels, and are being maintained at pre-event conditions. Based on previous monitoring events, it has been shown that metal concentrations may fluctuate from time to time because of water surges due to heavy rains or other events that may change the water flow rates or volume.

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