Last August, the EPA’s hazmat team breached a retaining wall at an abandoned Gold Rush-era mine near Durango, Colorado. With that breach, three million gallons of toxic sludge flowed into a creek that is a tributary of the Animas River. “New evidence suggests the government isn’t coming clean about what happened,” writes the WSJ.
The House Natural Resources Committee last week released a report detailing EPA’s cascade of failures at the Gold King Mine, and new evidence suggests the EPA is not being candid about the chain of events that led to this environmental nightmare. As the WSJ notes, “The crew made more bad decisions than characters in a horror movie.”
Bill Wehrum, a former administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency, writes in the WSJ, “The agency (EPA) often criminalizes actions that are nothing more than accidents, many far less damaging to the environment than the Animas River disaster.” There is a serious problem within the EPA in how it conducts business.
“EPA wouldn’t tolerate ducking and deliberate obfuscation from the private businesses the government so routinely punishes, and the House should continue to hold the agency to the same standards.” Read more from the WSJ here.
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