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Old 08-15-2015, 07:51 AM   #41
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OK now....experts in...ps out!
Wish you could have said "experts in, toxins out".
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Old 08-15-2015, 08:07 AM   #42
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If referring to me as a toxin....good...salt is very deadly...but very necessary for survival...

Some things are just inert.....
I was referring to the situation in Durango. We have family there and seem to visit every couple of years. Really, who wants to visit a toxic waste dump and who wants to worry about their family getting ill from this water.
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Old 08-15-2015, 08:08 AM   #43
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I am no expert but I play one on TV

This is my former Company I was part owner of I am a geotechnical engineer

Comanco Environmental Services - COMANCO, for over 25 years first choice for Safety, Quality and Service

Now I have not worked in the industry for many years but the superfund bidding in the late 80s and early 90s was ridiculous companies many times would win low Bid and had incorporated the month before ( I sold my portion in the early 90s just 3 years after we founded the company )

I would really like to see more of the details
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Old 08-15-2015, 09:11 AM   #44
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According to Durango Herald the Animas River is suitable for normal use. This includes drawing water for city water treatment plant. Stream sediment samples are at pre breach levels, meaning only colored water (think rusty ferrous ion) was released and no solid waste, so says the state and Feds.

Now if the EPA statements are to be believed, why was aggressive remediation occurring in the first place as compared to nothing more than pH control via lime addition and a retention pond? This is common throughout the Rocky Mountains at old mining sites. My guess, contractor was playing around.

There is peace in the Valley, maybe.
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:57 PM   #45
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Smoke and Mirrors. I am wondering what "suitable for normal use" actually means. When one withdraws water for supplying a municipal surface water treatment plant the water will be going through several stages of treatment that allows for the removal of those toxins and is monitored before leaving the treatment plant. Not so for a well water supplied drinking water source or the farmers using it for irrigation and/or cattle. The maximum contamination level (MCL) for mercury is .002 mg/l or 2 parts per BILLION.
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Old 08-15-2015, 06:49 PM   #46
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Went to Durango this morning. The farmers are irrigating. The river was opened up for recreational use. There were several places along the river where remnants of the yellow deposits were visible. Have no idea what the deposits consist of. Big sign in Aztec south of Durango stating they are on water restrictions. This will probably all blow over. EPA will get what they wanted to shut mining down in Silverton. I'll go back to reading the interesting posts on the trawler forum and live happily ever after.
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