EPA Spill Requires Federal Clean-up Funds

EPA-300The Colorado town where the Environmental Protection Agency caused a toxic mine leak earlier this month, unleashing a torrent of heavy metals into Western rivers, has decided to change course and request federal disaster funds to clean up the mine. The Silverton Board of Trustees and the San Juan County Commission approved a joint resolution Monday to seek the money. It’s a reversal for local officials who long feared that designation as a federal Superfund site would harm economic development. That decision came under fire when the EPA caused a partial collapse at Gold King Mine August 5th, spewing 3 million gallons of metal-laced water. The waste entered a creek that feeds major rivers in several Western states. There are some that have suggested the spill was intentional, as a means to secure Superfund status. A crew from the EPA caused the leak when workers were reportedly trying to stabilize the mine.

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