Tuesday, February 23, 2016 by: Evelyn Pringle, health freedom writer
(NaturalNews) On January 14, 2016, officials in New Mexico filed their intent to sue the EPA and the owners of two Colorado mines whose mine waste poured into the Animas River – a tributary of the San Juan and Colorado rivers. The officials also claim the EPA is working with Colorado “to support its own woefully inadequate monitoring plan, which fails to address critical environmental and public health issues, and only serves to limit liability.”
EPA workers accidentally caused a blowout at the Gold King Mine on August 5, 2015, and 3 million gallons of wastewater flowed into the Animas River, and then into the San Juan River, leaving poisoned, contaminated water in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona, as well as land used by two American Indian tribes, the Navajo and the Ute.
“From the very beginning, the EPA failed to hold itself accountable in the same way that it would a private business,” Ryan Flynn, New Mexico Environment Department’s cabinet secretary, said in a statement. “The EPA caused an unprecedented disaster that may affect our state for years to come; they must take responsibility.”
“Because EPA headquarters continues to shirk their duties for meaningful support and collaboration, we have no choice but to turn to the justice system to hold EPA accountable to New Mexicans,” said Flynn.
Officials in Colorado also called out the EPA for allegedly lying about Colorado’s role in opening the Gold King Mine. The state’s top mine regulator wrote that the EPA’s “conclusions into the events surrounding the discharge were not consistent with our staff’s involvement and we felt it important to make sure the investigators were aware of our perspective.”
Catastrophic for native tribes