New EPA toxic spill in Colorado


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Government in action: The EPA has once again accidently released toxic waste into the same Colorado river it mistakenly dumped 3 million gallons of toxic waste from an abandoned mine last year.

Local officials said this week’s release was not large enough to warrant a public advisory. Last year’s spill sent nearly 1 million pounds of metals into the waterways of the Animas and San Juan rivers, which traverse three states. The metals include arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel and zinc.

This week’s spill came from the treatment plant that the EPA set up near the mine to filter water coming from the mine before releasing it into the creek and river systems. A large amount of rain in Colorado caused the treatment facility to overflow and some of the untreated water to spill into the waterways. EPA said the water that spilled from he plant was partially treated, and the metals present in it should quickly settle to the bottom of waterways where they are less harmful.

How many of you out there trust the EPA in this? Considering the stonewalling and lying the agency practiced when the original spill occurred, I see no reason to believe anything they say now.

4 comments

  • PeterF

    So the next time Dupont accidentally spills a million gallons of toxic materials into a river all they have to say is “Oops, sorry but don’t worry. It will sink to the bottom and everything will be OK!”

  • Orion314

    That’s a good point, that being , their is NO difference between DuPont and the EPA. 2 sides of the same corrupt coin….

  • wayne

    >>If the EPA told me the sky was blue, I’d wonder what sort of SCAM they were running.

    “EPA said the water that spilled from the plant was partially treated, and the metals present in it should quickly settle to the bottom of waterways where they are less harmful.”

    –I challenge ANYONE to go into an EPA Administrative Law Court and TRY to use that excuse. Your Company will be fined millions of dollars & then forced to “remediate,” no matter what the expense.

    I’m no special-pleader for the chemical industry, but there wouldn’t be a problem with regulatory-capture if the EPA wasn’t trying to micro-manage everything, with little relationship to actual science.

    (Full disclosure; my daughter was an intern at Dupont for 1 year while she finished her PhD. The EPA had 4, F-T government-employees assigned to the facility and they did nothing but look for infractions to justify their phony-baloney jobs.)

    Dupont invented Nylon (in 1935), among many other useful polymer substances. Try to build a cellular phone or any of electronics, without using polymers.

    EPA– created by that paragon of republican-progressivism, Richard Nixon, and one of it’s first tasks, was to ban DDT and thus condemn 10’s of millions of people to death via Malaria, for the past 40+ years.
    (Rachel Carson’s list of lies and distortions are unequalled… except by the folks who push “climate change.”

    >>”A skilled liar, but a liar nonetheless.”

  • Edward

    From the article: “EPA said the water that spilled from he plant was partially treated, and the metals present in it should quickly settle to the bottom of waterways where they are less harmful.”

    Well, with logic like that, we might as well resume dumping mercury into the rivers.

    Somebody stop the Environmental Pollution Agency before they “protect” the environment again!

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