EPA takes heat for toxic wastewater spill that turns Colorado river orange

by Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times  |  published on August 8, 2015

DENVER — The Environmental Protection Agency is coming under fire in Colorado after accidentally dumping one million gallons of acidic waste into the Las Animas River, turning it bright orange and threatening the community’s water supply.

“The irony of this million-gallon toxic spill is rich,” said Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid. “EPA just created its own Love Canal.”

  • I Seigel

    The summary of the story here doesn’t mention at all the SOURCE of the pollution, and you have to read almost the full news story in the Washington Times – or do a little fact-checking on your own – to learn that the EPA didn’t CREATE the pollution. They were holding polluted waste water from an abandoned gold mine in a holding pond which they were in the process of reinforcing, and the pond “ruptured”, spilling the polluted water.

    Perhaps if they’d had sufficient funds years ago to clean up this Superfund site, this accident wouldn’t have happened.

  • tom2

    Give ’em enough authority and eventually they’ll choke on it. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving agency. The clean up should be funded from the existing budget. And the agency should be fined just as a corporation would be with fines also coming out of the existing budget. The taxpayer should not bear the brunt of this abusive agency’s incompetence. Incidentally, Colorado is an arid state, so arid that the eastern portion depends on man-made canals. The Animas River is natural and stretches from north to south, spanning much of the state. Consequently damage to this one river is proportionally worse than many in places like Minnesota or Wisconsin.

    • 14usa

      Fines or paid from budget is a penalty to the Amercan taxpayer. Heads should roll.

  • dap

    An accident, hmmm I wonder?

  • Graywolf12

    Inspector #1 have you ever done anything like this before? # 2 no, just act as if you are an expert, and threaten anyone that speaks up with jail time. #1 What is this? #2 Hell, I don’t know. Just pull it and see what happened. AH SHIT now what do we do. #2 Just lie like always.

  • reagangs

    Fire their arse …. bunch of radical, demowit, liberal, progressive, commie bureaucratic eco-terrorist hell bent on the destruction of the US of A. Bunch of useless tree huggers, brain washed sheeple not capable of independent thought. Idiots bought and paid for by the fat a$$ “cottage industry” types. I’m sorry but the water that I collect on my property is mine.

    • I Seigel

      I’m sorry, but in some states – I think Colorado is one – you DON’T own the water that falls as rain onto your property. You can be arrested for having rain barrels or a cistern, I’ve heard, or collecting water in other ways.

  • nonstopca

    And they think they should control ALL water, even rain water…

  • disqus_tKlEuAw2uq

    This is the government that the nut case obama is running and then they want to run our health care what a joke

  • teaman

    Anyone who trusts the EPA is a complete fool…..and we have a lot of fools. They have no real mission. Everything they do stems for a made up lie! They waste more money than just about any other agency and they NEVER have the American population at heart….it’s all about control by what ever means possible!

  • Papabear Dilley

    And this is the same government that’s supposed to be running our health care? Good luck with that!!

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