The disclosure that the Environmental Protection Agency's toxic spill at an old gold mine in Colorado was far worse than previously stated has unleashed a flood of anger at the agency, which was already facing numerous lawsuits from states and individuals along the affected waterways, according to recent Fox News post.
On Thursday, the House Committee on Natural Resources released a damning report on the EPA and its handling of the Gold King Mine disaster last August.
The report detailed how the EPA and the Department of the Interior were inaccurate and misleading in their conflicting accounts of the wastewater spill, which the EPA said last week released 880,000 pounds of toxic metals.
"This report peels back one more layer in what many increasingly view as a pattern of deception on the part of EPA and DOI", Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, R-Utah, said in a released statement.
Once the color returned to normal [in the rivers], there were those in the EPA that were hoping that this would be swept under the rug." - Secretary Ryan Flynn, New Mexico Environmental Department
New Mexico last month announced its intent to sue the EPA over the spill, in which agency contract workers caused a massive release of toxic wastewater into the Animas while attempting to mitigate pollutants from the shuttered mine.
Metals released in the spill are believed to include cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel and zinc. Tests done after the spill also found arsenic and lead in the wastewater.
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