Gold King Mine Spill Contractor Cashed In After The Disaster

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Environmental Protection Agency officials awarded nearly $2.7 million in contract enhancements to Environmental Restoration LLC after the firm was involved in the Colorado Gold King Mine disaster that dumped three million gallons of yellow wastewater into a drinking water source for people in three states and the Navajo Nation.

The wastewater poured into the Animas River, a Colorado River tributary that supplies water to people in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The company also got a contract enhancement worth nearly $1 million from EPA on Aug. 4, 2015,  the day before the spill, according to documents compiled by the Project on Government Oversight, a non-profit government watchdog group.

 A spokesman for EPA did not respond to a Daily Caller News Foundation request for comment, but Adam Andrzejewski, founder of the Open The Books government transparency non-profit, had a lot to say about EPA’s spending of federal tax dollars.
 “The EPA has taken the concept of ‘performance bonus’ much too far by giving their on-site contractor even more work after a natural disaster at Gold King,” Andrzejewski told TheDCNF.

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