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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Oh let's put the EPA in charge of our rivers

This is your Animas River in Colorado:

This is your Animas River after the EPA:

Any questions?

From NPR:
In an event that has led to health warnings and turned a river orange, the Environmental Protection Agency says one of its safety teams accidentally released contaminated water from a mine into the Animas River in southwest Colorado.
The spill, which sent heavy metals, arsenic and other contaminants into a waterway that flows into the San Juan National Forest, occurred Wednesday. The EPA initially said 1 million gallons of wastewater had been released, but that figure has risen sharply.
Imagine the outcry if a coal company did this. News crews from around the nation showed up in Charleston, West Virginia, after an accidental spill of an industrial alcohol gave the water a licorice smell. The media demanded action.


Well, accidents happen.


  1. The ten most feared words in the English language: We're from the government and we're here to help you.

  2. It will be interesting to see if the EPA applies their usual standards to their own people. The one where "But it was an accident!" has no influence on the fines and penalties.

  3. And as I mentioned in a previous comment, let the EPA pay for the cleanup from their current budget.

  4. I'm with Treg and Dan! EPA's budget dedicated to the cleanup, and those responsible fired/jailed/fined.

  5. The EPA says this spill won't have much impact. Don't you believe them?

    More than 3 million gallons already. Funny how all the greenie groups are so quiet. Why aren't they out there marching and demanding McCarthy's resignation? Why isn't she out there groveling the way they force the CEO's of companies like BP, Exxon, and mine companies to grovel ...... and pay.