PASADENA, Calif., Nov. 13, 2015 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accidentally caused a catastrophic toxic spill in Colorado in August that poisoned the drinking water for thousands of residents and caused significant damage to the environment.
The spill, which contaminated the Animas River with more than 3 million gallons of heavy metal tainted water, should have caused the EPA to tighten up its protocol.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton said the Animas River spill raises questions about EPA procedures that left downstream communities in New Mexico unaware that their water supply was laced with lead, arsenic and other heavy metals until the next day. Instead an EPA crew at the Standard Mine above Crested Butte triggered yet another wastewater spill into a creek that flows into the town water supply. He said,
They told us things were going to be different. Now we have a spill. … We’ve apparently got a real challenge with the EPA, not only with notification but their accountability and their ability to adequately execute these types of cleanup projects,” Tipton said. “They’ve got resources. They’re the ones in charge of the program. And they’ve had two spills in my district alone. Is there a better way to approach this?
The embattled EPA has been in the news for many nefarious reasons over the past decade, including but not limited to perjury, corruption and extortion.
Needless, to say, it’s been a bad year for the EPA.
Not only did it not hold anyone accountable for the spill, we are now learning that it handsomely rewarded the people responsible. This is another grotesque example of the depravity that is constantly peddled by today’s system of big government.
From The Daily Caller:
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.
In a stunning display of government mismanagement, the contractor that caused this awful toxic spill due to nothing more than personal incompetence was rewarded with millions of dollars in taxpayer money.
The EPA isn’t even trying to hide its own shortcomings anymore.
When you consider the fact that it will take almost $30 billion of taxpayer money to clean up this tragic spill, the total cost of the disaster to the American taxpayer is astronomical.
When Barack Obama was a candidate for the office of president of the United States, he famously promised that he would preside over the most transparent administration in history and constantly railed against George Bush for being a secretive leader.
At some point, the country needs to ask itself whether it wants to support a system where the IRS actively persecutes conservatives, the DOJ attempts to destroy the opposition and the EPA pays millions of dollars to contractors who not only fail to do the job they were hired to do, but also recklessly endanger the environment they are sworn to protect.
Make no mistake, this spill was one of the most devastating domestic natural disasters in decades, and the Navajo Nation is still reeling from the impact. Contrast this incident with the BP oil spill in the Gulf Of Mexico five years ago.
While the environment in the area has now recovered, the United States government went after the British petroleum company with everything they had and forced the company to shell out billions of dollars.
But for some reason, in this case, when a government agency is responsible, we hear radio silence.
The Obama administration has overseen some egregious examples of government corruption, but it is hard to make the argument that the EPA isn’t the most outrageous.
There was a time in this country when taxpayer money was taken seriously, but it appears that those days are long gone.