EPA withholds Colorado disaster documents demanded by Congress

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Surprise! The EPA, when ordered by Congress to release documents describing that agency’s planning prior to the toxic waste disaster it caused in Colorado, has failed to meet the deadline set by Congress for turning over those documents.

“It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the EPA failed to meet the House Science Committee’s reasonable deadline in turning over documents pertaining to the Gold King Mine spill,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). “These documents are essential to the Committee’s ongoing investigation and our upcoming hearing on Sept. 9. But more importantly, this information matters to the many Americans directly affected in western states, who are still waiting for answers from the EPA.”

Smith – who frequently spars with the EPA – is chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. EPA director Gina McCarthy has been asked to appear and answer questions about the agency’s role in creating a 3-million-gallon toxic spill into Colorado’s Animas River on Aug. 5. Critics say McCarthy and the EPA have been unresponsive, secretive and unsympathetic toward millions of people who live in three states bordering the river.

The word “coverup” comes to mind, though how could anyone believe that the Obama administration (the most transparent in history!) would do such a thing baffles the mind.



  • Edward

    Gee, Robert, I am having difficulty believing that the Environmental Pollution — er — Protection Agency would create the world’s largest Superfund cleanup site, spanning three states (so far) as well as the Navajo Nation. Once the pollution reaches Lake Powell, it will pollute not only that lake but Arizona’s Grand Canyon for decades, adding yet another state to the list of the EPA’s victims.

    Yet the EPA has the gonads to set bank-breaking daily fines on people and companies that have not polluted. Talk about an out of control agency! We have to wonder if there even *was* any planning before they polluted the Western US into one huge Superfund site, which would explain the lack of documents turned over to Congress.

    How may hundreds of thousands of people — and how many millions of acres of farmland — have been adversely affected? The EPA may have done more environmental damage in one small action than all the environmental protection that they have done over the half-century of their existence.

    No wonder they want to cover it all up and wouldn’t warn anyone of their ill deed, as they hoped no one would notice their toxic sludge flowing downstream. Transparency may show that they should be shut down — preferably last month, before they can spread such evil throughout the Western US.

    As I recall from Exxon’s Valdez spill, criminal charges may be applied, since they didn’t warn anyone in a timely manner.

  • More proof congress has no power. The whole lot are nothing more than paid contract workers. If some large bank had suffered losses they’d have the info they asked for in ten minutes.

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