The EPA triggered another toxic spill at another mine in Colorado. This time it involved only 2,000 gallons that ran into the Elk Creek from the Standard Mine at Crested Butte, but the EPA didn’t notify residents including the mayor, they aren’t accountable of course, and they probably don’t know how to clean up mines safely.
“Once again the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] has failed to notify the appropriate local officials and agencies of the spill in a timely manner,” U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton said.
The spill took place on Tuesday and the EPA kept the information from the Denver Post on Wednesday when they inquired, and they didn’t send out a public notice until Thursday.
Because they are unaccountable, covering their butts comes before the safety of the public.
They’re probably lying again.
Congressman Tipton said, “They are reporting that the spill consisted of “gray water,” and was not toxic. But the definition of gray water does not preclude the presence of possible toxic substances.”
Even though it’s a small spill, it is a concern to residents who live downstream.
Congress still hasn’t gotten any answers on the Gold King Mine spill in August when the EPA was responsible for a toxic spill of more than 3 million gallons.
The House of Representatives is devising “good Samaritan” legislation that would ensure, in the case of disasters such as these, local and state officials are able get involved and take charge of these issues to address them in more timely and effective ways than the EPA has done.
“We question the veracity of the EPA and its capacity to properly handle these disasters,” he said. “We want our local governments and officials to be nimble enough to address the issues of impact to water, habitats, environment, and people, which the EPA is either unwilling or unable to do.”
The Standard mine is closed and is on the Superfund list and was targeted for cleanup with the EPA supervising.
The EPA escaped public wrath in 2005 when it secretly dumped up to 15,000 tons of poisonous waste into another mine 124 miles away. That dump – containing arsenic, lead and other materials – materialized in runoff in the town of Leadville, said Todd Hennis, who owns both mines along with numerous others, according to Watchdog.org.
“If a private company had done this, they would’ve been fined out of existence,” Hennis said. “I have been battling the EPA for 10 years and they have done nothing but create pollution. About 20 percent (of Silverton residents) think it’s on purpose so they can declare the whole area a Superfund site.”
I wouldn’t even mention this spill but the government fines private companies for 2,000 gallons of anything spilled. In 2,000, the owner of a pipeline that oozed about 2,000 gallons of oil into the ocean off Orange County paid a fine of $48,000 levied by federal regulators.
There are another 230 inactive mines in Colorado that need to be cleaned up and therein lies the concern. Do they have a clue?