Animas River Turns Toxic

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,

On Aug. 5, EPA workers turned the Animas River from looking like this…

River

Into this…

Orange River

According to the EPA, a cleanup team was working with heavy equipment at the entrance to the Gold King Mine. Yada, yada, yada… they unleashed a few million gallons of mine waste into Cement Creek, which flows into the Animas River.

In response, the EPA proceeded to… not warn citizens for about a day. And now they’re very focused on looking in charge, official, and telling us the water’s safe now.

These boneheads obviously didn’t learn their lesson from the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. In it, Techno Global Research Industries unleashes toxic ooze on the environment, leading to the mutation of the turtles (and, I think, the rat too).

I doubt that’ll happen here, though. This ooze is composed of arsenic, lead, cadmium, and other heavy metals.

A little over a year ago, as part of my truck-loading job, we sometimes handled uniforms contaminated with cadmium. Officially, they were supposed to be sealed in protective bags before getting washed. Of course, sometimes they’d arrive to us torn open. Lovely stuff.

“You think it’ll give us superpowers?” I asked my supervisor.

“No. Just cancer.”

Fortunately… for many reasons… I left that job. (Coincidentally, it was in Colorado, the same state as this spill.)

Anyway, back to what the politicians are yapping:

“The indications are that the threat to the human health is returning back to pre-event levels, if not already there now,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said.

Oh good, we’re back to pre-event human health threat levels.

Rather than dwell on the dark humor in that statement, I’ll just move on to what The Hill reported: “The EPA… said it was encouraged by the new findings but wanted to verify the results itself before giving its blessing.”

Oh, really?

We’re still reveling in the first “blessing” the EPA gave us… by causing this disaster in the first place.

How about instead of a second blessing… we launch an investigation. One of those old-fashioned ones where people are fined… fired… and thrown in jail… and funding gets cut way down. Maybe a question or two about why private companies aren’t allowed more freedom to help cleanup efforts (as Chris Campbell reported in Laissez Faire Today).

By the way: If you think such an investigation is going to happen, I’ve got some Colorado river drinking water to sell you.

Here’s how it’s going to play out:

They’ll keep saying they “take full responsibility,” because that makes for a great sound bite.

And they’ll assure us they’ll do better.

Maybe they’ll even be so bold as to suggest we start a “national conversation” about how to improve water safety. Sounds like such a reasonable, responsible thing to do… while deftly bypassing the idea that the EPA should be punished…

Or maybe let the private sector get more involved in cleanup efforts. I doubt that will happen. As this article points out: “In the minds of EPA personnel, the agency represents the public interest. Since environmentalists and community activists also claim to represent the public interest, EPA employees view them, in a sense, as competitors. The instinctive reaction of these employees is to attack and eliminate the competition. Hard-core, loudmouth bigots are a small minority, but a much larger majority passively shares many of the same views.”

I’d also love to know how they decided the threat to human health has abated just because the river pollution levels have fallen. I’m no engineer, but I can’t help but wonder: Perhaps the reason the pollution has left the river is because it flowed… somewhere else?

Come to think of it, I’m sure we’ve got some environmental engineers reading this who’d like to weigh in. Or some folks who merely want to play one in a newsletter. What do you think the long-term consequences are of the EPA’s massive screw-up? Send us your thoughts at livingwelldaily@lfb.org

In the meantime, because we’re on the topic of water, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the new water pitcher we launched.

And I’m not going to make any claims that it filters out weird orange ooze. Please don’t grab yours and run to the nearest river.

It can, however, get rid of bad tastes and odors from tap water. That’s just the beginning of what it does. The real magic is how it can transform regular water into a powerful antioxidant. What it does to your body is beyond belief. Click here to learn more about it.

Regards,

Nate Rifkin
Underground Health Researcher

P.S. Yes, I am well aware mining can cause the buildup and concentration of these heavy metals in the first place. But government intervention doesn’t help when it merely opens the door for corruption. Think more government influence will solve that? Then all you’ll get is more corruption. Think I’m wrong? Here’s where to direct your ranting: livingwelldaily@lfb.org

Nate Rifkin

Written By Nate Rifkin

Nate Rifkin is an obsessed health and mind-power researcher and author. To hear more from Nate, sign up to receive Living Well Daily for free, here.

View More Free Articles

Stamped envelopes.

Mailbag! 10 Tips to Conquer Spinal Arthritis

I have arthritis in my spine. What would you suggest to help manage it? –George from Cedar Rapids, IA George, Believe it or not, many people learn that they have spinal arthritis as they age. It’s very common. There’s a lot you can do to help keep it from advancing or even reverse some of...

Read This

Calm Anxiety WITHOUT Drugs (Easy!)

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, There is a plague of anxiety sweeping the nation. And who could blame us? Anyone with half a brain SHOULD feel anxious about the state of the world. But like any other epidemic, just because something is going around doesn’t mean you should accept it. More importantly, having anxiety does...

Read This

“Food Reboot” HALTS Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, If you or someone you love suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS), you already know how the disease can turn your life upside down. The stiffness and mobility problems slowly strip away your independence… and leave you in pain. Talk to your mainstream doc and he’ll just shrug their shoulders –...

Read This

[Men] Do You Have the Breast Cancer Gene?

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, If you’re a woman, chances are you have heard about the BRCA gene (BReast CAncer gene). Scientists have known for a long time that a mutation in one of two breast cancer genes, BRCA1 or BRCA2, increases the risk of getting breast cancer. But, men, listen up – just because...

Read This

Greek Plant Extract SOOTHES Joint Pain

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, Some people might shrug when you tell them you have knee pain… but that’s only if they haven’t experienced firsthand. Chronic pain from osteoarthritis is no joke— it can destroy your life. Joint pain makes moving incredibly difficult and can keep you from doing the things you love. Before you know it,...

Read This

Deadly Disease 8 TIMES More Likely for Crohn’s Patients

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, Inflammation is supposed to be a normal response for your body. It’s one of the key defenses protecting you. Inflammation can sometimes be our friend… when it helps fight off infections and clears away debris, that is. The problems start when inflammation blazes out of control or lasts longer than...

Read This

Stamped envelopes.

Mailbag! 5 Ways to Soothe Your Psoriasis

I have psoriasis, and I was wondering what supplements or natural treatments there are out there. –Bill from Riverside, CA Bill, As you probably know, psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease where the body attacks the skin as if it were a foreign invader. Psoriasis affects about two percent of the U.S. population. Normal, healthy...

Read This

Coffee Compound LOWERS Cholesterol

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, I’m on a personal mission to rescue coffee from the hands of the nutritional puritans who think that anything fun is not good for you. Despite what the mainstream would have you believe, the news on coffee has improved in recent years. Researchers have pinpointed many powerful plant nutrients, like...

Read This

“Citric Element” Whips Your Brain into Shape!

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, Some suggest pretty complicated ways to keep your brain healthy as you age. Going back to college… doing complicated puzzles… taking what feels like 30 bottles of pills a day… It can make you feel like giving up before you’ve even started! But what if there was something MUCH easier...

Read This

100-Year-Old Trick STOPS Arthritis Pain

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, If you’re tired constantly refilling pain prescriptions, you’re not alone. And if you’re even MORE tired of the side effects that come with them, who could blame you? For far too long, Big Pharma has held arthritis patients hostage… promising relief while they rob you blind. It’s time for something...

Read This