DENVER–In the midst of more than 40 claims stacking up against the Environmental “Protection” Agency (EPA) and Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman having joined a multi-state lawsuit against the EPA for their lawless Clean Power Plan, state Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose, has drafted legislation in an effort to pressure the federal government into quickly settling damage claims stemming from the EPA’s toxic waste dump into the Animas River.
Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:
“The lawless Environmental Propaganda Agency recklessly dumped toxic waste into our beautiful river system, attacked innocent Coloradans, apparently breaks laws and abused the Navajo Nation, isn’t it time they be held accountable? Coloradans want to see the EPA held to their own hypocritical standards that endanger our communities and health, the drafted legislation is one way to help our state and the people harmed by this imperial agency.”
According to the Associated Press, state officials in Colorado are disputing a key claim by federal agencies about the disastrous Animas River Spill.
The federal Bureau of Reclamation claims two state mining experts signed off on an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleanup project that led to the toxic Aug. 5 Animas River spill.
Mike King, head of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, says state experts neither approved nor disapproved the operation.
An EPA crew working at the Standard Mine located along Elk Creek above Crested Butte also triggered a spill of wastewater into the creek this year, which flows into Crested Butte’s primary source of water, Coal Creek.
The Government Accountability Office (GOA) said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke the law with its “social media” campaign promoting President Obama’s water rule, the Clean Water Rule is better-known as Water’s of the United States or “WOTUS” rule. The campaign, according to the GAO reached 1.8 million people.
The GAO report focuses on the EPA’s covert propaganda and illegal grassroots lobbying to sway Congress and drum up public support for its new regulation. The full GAO report can be read here.