Originally Posted by catwoman
Dosage is everything. Don't drink gallons a day and there is no problem. It is the giardia etc that would be the problem with drinking a little - and that is not something that comes from this type of incident.
What the geochemist said. And I bet she'll be making the trip down to run the Animas this season...
Dermal exposure to metals, especially in the form of particulates like what will be adsorbed to the iron oxide flecks that'll be mobilized during the runoff, isn't that bad. You'd probably get a worse exposure by spending a day or two welding and cutting metal than you'd get in a season running the Animas.
If you're drinking enough Animas water to get a bad dose of metals, you're doing it wrong....