The EPA has admitted that they caused a massive toxic spill in the Animas River and now the San Juan River. The toxins included cadmium, arsenic and other heavy metals but an EPA official isn’t worried about the wildlife or any health risks.
The EPA originally said it was 1 million gallons but now admit it’s 3 million and continues to flow. While the pace has slowed and it is being diluted as it travels, it is flowing at 500 gallons a minute, 720,000 a day out of the mine.
Thank God these are the people controlling all the navigable waters in the United States.
The river turns the water a mucky orange and then yellow. If it reaches the Colorado River, and it is heading for the Colorado, it will taint or poison the water that supplies much of the West.
An Environmental Protection Agency official said Sunday she doesn’t believe wildlife will suffer significant health impacts from the large volume of wastewater that spilled from an abandoned mine in southwestern Colorado.
Yeah, sure, the fish aren’t floating on top of the water because they all sank to the bottom.
There are no health risks the EPA claims but they forgot to add that’s only if you don’t drink it or get within a mile of it.
They claim that it moved so quickly that it might not have cause health risks to anyone.
Really? That makes sense?
Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch has assembled a legal team to file a lawsuit against the EPA.
“They are impacting the livelihood of our people,” he said.
The EPA hasn’t given them much information or disclosed the types of toxic metals that were discharged into the Animas and San Juan rivers.
Good thing we have the EPA on the case!
Several areas have declared a state of emergency. The city of Durango, Colo., and La Plata County, Colo., declared a state of emergency Sunday and others plan to do the same.
The EPA, keepers of our clean water and clean air, don’t have a clue as to what they are doing but they want to tell everyone else what to do.
I’m sure the wildlife are just fine! It’s just discoloration. I call my pool water at the beginning of the season discoloration.
There is no sign yet of the Army Corps of Engineers damming this off and it’s heading for the Colorado.
The Animas River feeds into the San Juan river, which feeds into the Colorado, which supplies water to much of the West.
The San Juan flows into Utah where it joins the Colorado River at Lake Powell, itself not far upstream from the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
It’s already reached New Mexico. Governor Susana Martinez said the state wasn’t notified by the EPA. The Southern Ute tribe informed officials. “It’s completely irresponsible for the EPA not to have informed New Mexico immediately,” she said after flying over the affected rivers.
State Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said the EPA didn’t notify his departments until 24 hours after they caused it and described their response as “cavalier and irresponsible.”
This river normally runs with deep blue and green waters, the type of which could be still be observed in the adjacent waters of the San Juan River upstream of the point just outside town where the Animas empties into it.
The EPA officials should be made to vacation on this river.
Where are the angry environmentalists? I haven’t heard a word, have you?
When the spills are caused by someone else, the government doesn’t call it discolorations or deny it’s a problem:
Emerald Services, Inc., a waste-management company on the Tacoma tideflats, was fined $99,000 by the state Department of Ecology for two back-to-back spills on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 of 2014. That spillage was only a 100 gallons of toxins.
In June, the state of Virginia fined Duke Energy $25.1 million for spilling approximately 39,000 tons of toxic coal ash from a facility six miles upstream in North Carolina. The leftist environmentalists suggested a $50 million fine from the state.
Last year, the owners and operators of the Freedom Industries plant were charged with three counts of violating the Clean Water Act and face serious jail time. The company revealed that the tank, which leaked about 7,500 gallons into the ground by the Elk River, West Virginia, had also contained a mixture of glycol ethers known as PPH, with a similar function as MCHM.
There are many more examples and none of them equal 3 million gallons of toxins. Shouldn’t the EPA charge the culprits in their organization?
Durango won’t get EPA’s Super Cleanup unless they join the National Priorities List which they want no part of. Don’t forget this spill was the result of an EPA cleanup.