Activist-Interior Department to lead review of EPA spill

Activist-Interior Department to lead review of EPA spill

DENVER—The Department of the Interior is now doing an independent review of the Gold King Mine accident caused by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“Can we really trust the job-killing, activist-Interior Department to lead an ‘independent review’ of what happened with the EPA’s toxic waste spill,” said Jonathan Lockwood. “The Interior Department has led a land-grabbing crusade, among other things, so we absolutely must question what their motives are at every turn. Environmentalists are scrambling to provide cover for the EPA and they are doing the same for the Interior.”

According to the Durango Herald, the Interior Department will assess “what caused the release of toxic waste.”

The EPA’s spill unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into rivers that supply water for drinking, recreation and irrigation in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and the Navajo Nation.

In a letter to the editor of the Silverton Standard and the Miner days before the spill, Farmington resident Dave Taylor predicted the EPA would “accidentally” release chemicals into the river.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the toxic spill that turned Animas River orange was an estimated 3 million gallons of contaminated water, three times the EPA’s original estimate.