Will Obama’s witch hunting-EPA burn at the stake as hearings begin?
DENVER— The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will face tough questions as lawmakers return to session, and examine the mine waste spill it caused in Colorado turning a beautiful Colorado river Easy Mac-orange. Lawmakers from both parties have criticized the EPA’s communications throughout the Animas River spill scandal as “slow and overly cautious,” while radicals have defended it. Four congressional committees have planned hearings on the EPA’s toxic spill of heavy metal sludge into multiple states’ water systems, the first on Sept. 9.
Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood issued the following statement:
“The high priests of the witch-hunting EPA will finally face judgment for their toxic spill into the Animas River. The EPA relentlessly sacrifices livelihoods on the altars of a misguided agenda they can’t follow themselves, and so it’s time they face the stake they’ve burned everyone else. The lawless EPA and its leader Gina McCarthy must be held accountable for the harm they have inflicted on multiple states and the Navajo Nation.”
The spill occurred just after the Obama Administration issued its carbon decree called the “Clean Power Plan.” The carbon limits are a key piece of his second-term push against so-called climate change.
A likely focus of the hearings will be an initial report from the EPA’s internal investigation. That report blamed the blowout event on the fact that federal and state workers did not know the correct pressure of the fluid behind the backfill they were moving, despite multiple tests that indicate the pressure was low.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) narrowly avoided fatalities and took over an hour to report their minutes-long spill that dumped toxic waste into the Animas River. The EPA did not have an emergency plan in place in case of a blowout, despite the fact they knew for over a year of the high-risk of a blowout scenario.
The EPA came under fire for failing to turn over most of the documents requested by a House committee related to the spill. The House Science, Space and Technology Committee requested documents and communication stemming from the toxic waste blowout in an Aug. 10 letter to the EPA. That deadline was missed in August.
According to the Associated Press, in Colorado, contaminants exceeding drinking-water standards were found in seven wells. The EPA did not disclose the details on what contaminants were found. Officials said that they would, “continue to investigate the wells.”
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.