Watchdog to investigate EPA’s Animas River spill

Watchdog to investigate EPA’s Animas River spill

DENVER—The inspector general for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is investigating the cause of the massive spill that 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.

“The job-killing, waste-spilling Environmental ‘Protection’ Agency absolutely must be investigated and properly punished for the disaster they inflicted on multiple states and the Navajo Nation. Coloradans deserve clear answers from this much-needed investigation,” said Jonathan Lockwood. “Everyone is really starting to hate the EPA and it is for good reason. They are strangling the American energy sector and inflicting one dangerous blow after another on our economy and on our communities.”

From the Associated Press:

“A diluted toxic plume reached Lake Powell, a huge reservoir 300 miles downstream that feeds the Colorado River and supplies water to the Southwest.

The inspector general’s office said the investigation comes in response to a congressional request.

Lawmakers from both parties have criticized the EPA’s response as slow and overly cautious. Leaders of oversight committees in both the House and Senate say they are planning hearings after Congress returns from its August recess.”

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.

“Accident or not, the actions of the EPA deserve accountability, and this investigation will be one step closer to holding the agency responsible for its egregious spill,” concluded Lockwood.

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.