US officials consider robots to prevent mine spills

Mining.comreports that development of robots is being considered by USA officials to prevent mine spills.

The tool is a battery-powered robot being developed by the Colorado School of Mines. The US Environmental Protection Agency is paying very close attention to the new technology.

According to theAssociated Press, people working at the EPA’s recently created Gold King Superfund site are particularly interested because they see the robot as a way to prevent disasters like the2015 Gold King Mine spill. Such leakage, accidentally caused by officials trying to slow the seepage of pollutants from the mine, ended up discharging 3 million gallons of water containing high concentrations of arsenic, mercury, and lead into a creek that feeds Colorado’s Animas River and its tributaries in New Mexico and Utah.