[Cover Photo: Jim Peaco, National Park Service]
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The initial report of high arsenic levels came in 2015 when an engineer with the Gardiner-Park County Water and Sewer District discovered that highly contaminated water was coming from the national park. Since that report, officials with the district have revealed that roughly 95% of arsenic in the district’s water system comes from Yellowstone. The arsenic-laden water is reportedly coming from leaky pipes– not waste water.
While the park has offered to pay a substantial amount to remedy the contaminated water, they have not given a solution as to how they plan to stop the issue at the source. The district has since filed an injunction that would require YNP to create a plan to vastly curb the abundant amount of arsenic originating in the park, while giving quarterly reports the Gardiner-Park County Water and Sewer District.
NPS representatives had previously told district officials that they would be unable to pursue the issue until funds become available in 2020.
Find the entire KTVH article here: Yellowstone National Park sued for allegedly leaking arsenic into sewer line