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Learn About Emergencies

Wreckage from Hurricane Katrina

EPA has resources to help you prepare for and respond to both natural disasters and hazardous substance spills. See all resources on emergencies.

Gold King Mine Emergency

EPA's Emergency Response to the August 2015 Gold King Mine Spill: During an excavation, pressurized water began leaking above the mine tunnel, spilling about three million gallons of contaminated water into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas River. EPA has activated its Emergency Operations Center, and is working closely with local and state officials to ensure the safety of affected citizens.