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New Mexico is first to sue EPA, mine owners over toxic spill

New Mexico on Monday became the first state to sue the federal government and the owners of two mines over the release of 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater from a closed Colorado gold mine, seeking tens of millions of dollars for environmental and economic damage caused by the spill.

The federal lawsuit says the environmental effects of the 2015 spill in which a bright-yellow plume of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals fouled rivers in three Western states were far worse than claimed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

New Mexico wants to be paid back for its immediate response to the disaster and receive funding for long-term monitoring, lost revenue and a...

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