Report Says EPA Solely Responsible for Mine Spill

EPA-300Government investigators squarely blame the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a 3 million gallon wastewater spill from a Colorado gold mine, saying a cleanup crew rushed its work and failed to consider the complex engineering involved, triggering the very blowout it hoped to avoid. The Interior Department probe concludes that the spill that fouled rivers in three states would have been avoided had the EPA team checked on water levels before digging into the mine. The Associated Press obtained the investigation’s findings on the August 5th spill prior to their public release yesterday. The 132-page report has implications across the United States, where hundreds of thousands of abandoned mines have yet to be cleaned up.

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