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EPA knew of mine spill possibility

Documents: Plan to deal with toxic water release is lacking

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and MATTHEW BROWN The Associated Press

This article was published August 23, 2015 at 3:00 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials knew of the potential for a catastrophic "blowout" of toxic wastewater from an inactive gold mine, yet appeared to have only a cursory plan to deal with such an event when government contractors triggered a 3-million-gallon spill, according to internal documents released by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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