The EPA Spills Toxic Sludge Into Colorado River….Guess What Consequences THEY Face?

Daisy

So, the EPA spilled a bunch of disgusting toxic sludge and pollutants and ick and muck and nastiness into the Animas River in Colorado on Monday.  So much so that the governor of Colorado declared a state of emergency (belated, but a state of emergency nonetheless).  

Of course, Obama's administration – being all transparent and whatnot – "is hiding the actual details of how the agency ostensibly responsible for keeping our waterways clean created this environmental disaster."

Because of COURSE they're doing that.

Per Breitbart, per NBC:

So far, the EPA has said very little about the cause of the spill, and it declined msnbc’s request for additional comment. Officials acknowledged that the spill was triggered while an EPA-supervised crew was working near Silverton, Colorado, in the southwest part of the state.

 

 

 

Fluid from inside the Gold King Mine, shuttered since 1923, has been leaching into the surrounding area. That mine alone was a slow motion disaster, in the EPA’s opinion, and the area is shot through with dozens of similarly toxic wells. It’s so bad that the EPA has tried to declare the area a Superfund site — clearing the way for an ambitious cleanup.

 

 

 

But after local opposition, the agency opted for a more modest, incremental plan. A crew would slurp out the worst pools of sludge and dispose of them properly. That was the goal near Silverton when heavy equipment somehow disturbed an earthen wall that secured the liquid, releasing an up to 80-mile ribbon of pollution downstream.

 

 

 

The extent of the damage was still unknown late Monday. The orange color had dissipated, but it left behind layers of sludge in some places and a plume of toxins still cruising downriver. The most worrisome pollutants are arsenic and lead, which respectively peaked at 300 times and 3,500 times the normal levels, according to EPA test results released on Friday.

 

 

 

In nearby Durango, Colorado, the mayor assured people that the water was safe to drink because the city shut off its intake valve from the Animas. But farmers, tribal leaders and municipal officials elsewhere closed wells and switched thousands of residents to alternative sources of water as a precaution.

 

 

 

Seven water systems in New Mexico and Colorado have been affected, officials said, and the Animas River ultimately connects with the Colorado River — a source of drinking water for much of the West.

But listen – I'm sure that the EPA is going to fine itself out the ASSULAR area for this horror.  BILLIONS of dollars, even.  We should all expect nothing less.  

And then it should fire itself.

Because big, overblown, out-of-control, transpaaaaaaarent government does that.  

Right, Obama administration?