‘YOU’RE GOING TO KILL PEOPLE’…”EPA blasted for polluting water in 4 states, ‘threatening country with a blackout’ “

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
By Paul Martin

Aug. 11, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency’s triggering of massive water pollution in four states is further proof that the federal government has lost sight of its environmental responsibilities and has no business burdening Americans with costly rules on emissions, water or ozone.

That’s the conclusion of Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Chris Horner in the wake of more than three million gallons of contaminated water escaping from an abandoned Colorado gold mine. The Animas River turned orange as gallon after gallon of water containing arsenic, lead and other dangerous metals escaped the Gold King Mine as a result of work done by EPA contractors trying to shore up the mine.

“They were trying to clean up areas near a very old mine that had been considered a problem waiting to happen or a slow-moving train wreck, and they came in and made it disastrously worse,” Horner explained.

In the days following the disaster, the EPA has offered very limited comment and been criticized for its sluggishness in updating the extent of the problem. Horner said the EPA would never let a private firm get away with this kind of response.

“It’s the kind of spill that, if it occurred as the result of the private sector, would lead to the EPA demanding, shrieking to the heavens, that they be granted all sorts of further authority over the private sector so that this thing doesn’t happen,” he said, noting that accountability is not a two-way street at the EPA.

“Everybody makes mistakes,” he said. “EPA’s reason for existence and constant expansion is that they don’t make mistakes like others. The problem is government is not like you and I. They’re not accountable.”

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