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Mine Wastewater Threatens Historic Colo. Town

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Mine Wastewater Threatens Historic Colo. Town

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Mine Wastewater Threatens Historic Colo. Town

Mine Wastewater Threatens Historic Colo. Town

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A blocked mine drainage tunnel near the historic mining town of Leadville, Colo., is filled with about 1 billion gallons of polluted water.

With this year's heavy snowpack, local officials are worried that a dam in the mine will burst, sending water through a trailer park and into the Arkansas River.

Last week, they declared a state of emergency and are rallying public and political support behind their calls for the federal government to drain the tunnel.

Federal officials say the superfund site poses no imminent threat, but they are now trying to find a solution.

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