Oops! They Did It Again: EPA Causes 2nd Toxic Spill In Colorado
Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency caused its second toxic spill from a mine in Colorado in just over two months. This time in Crested Butte, though on a much smaller scale than the one in Silverton in August that turned multiple river systems into a bright orange sludge pool.
As an EPA crew worked at the Standard Mine attempting to open a collapsed portal, at least 2,000 gallons of wastewater spilled into a creek that just so happens to lead to a nearby town’s water supply, as noted at Liberty News.
The EPA is assuring that this “minor” spill will have “minimal” effects on the environment they are sworn to protect. Of course, time will tell of the full impact of this disaster.
Republican Rep. Scott Tipton of Colorado’s 3rd congressional district says this latest incident brings up the same issues the last one did in questioning the federal agency’s procedures:
They told us things were going to be different. Now we have a spill. … We’ve apparently got a real challenge with the EPA, not only with notification but their accountability and their ability to adequately execute these types of cleanup projects… They’ve got resources. They’re the ones in charge of the program. And they’ve had two spills in my district alone. Is there a better way to approach this?
As an added bonus, the EPA did not disclose the accident for two whole days.