On August 10, 2015, the EPA announced that while doing a clean-up of an old gold mine (Gold King Mine near Silverton), it accidentally released approximately 3 million gallons of contaminated water. While the EPA had initially stated that it was 1 million gallons it turned out to be significantly more than that. The contaminated water contained many poisonous and dangerous metals including arsenic and lead. In fact the EPA has now confirmed that the lead levels in the Animus River are more than 3,500 times historic levels. This is placing the health and safety of New Mexicans at risk. To make matters worse this water is preventing water usage for cities and towns in Northern New Mexico and threatens industry and farmers in the region. Many New Mexico officials have expressed concern over the EPA’s failure to advise New Mexicans about the accident and that they originally hid the magnitude of the spill.