GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson visiting Durango to see mine spill aftermath

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DURANGO, Colo. (AP) Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is visiting Colorado to see the aftermath of the mining wastewater spill in the Animas River.

Carson says he'll be in Durango on Tuesday to address the 3 million gallon spill and the failures of the Environmental Protection Agency.

An EPA-supervised crew doing investigation work at the Gold King Mine triggered the spill on Aug. 5. The spill temporarily closed the river to recreation and farmers stopped taking water from the river for irrigation as a result of the pollution.

A spokeswoman for the Durango Business Improvement District told The Durango Herald that Carson will tour the river and see the mine by helicopter.

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, has been courting voters at the Iowa State Fair.



 
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