If the EPA had been BP, they would be liable for billions

The US Environmental Protection Agency is not the most impressive of organisations – either in efficiency or in their “politically correct” policies or in their complete lack of common sense. No doubt they have done some good work – more by accident than by design – but they suffer from the irresponsibility that comes from the lack of accountability and liability that “government” or “international” organisations are subject to. Just as UN troops get away with rape and murder and pillage in the CAR because they shelter under the immunity that they have, so does the EPA get away with little more than a slap on the wrist for the massive pollution that they have caused by releasing toxic heavy metals from the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado into rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. If the EPA had been a private company (say BP) they would by now have been facing billions in compensation claims.

Over a million gallons of mine wastewater has made it's way into the Animas River.

Over a million gallons of mine wastewater has made it’s way into the Animas River, closing the river and putting the city of Durango on alert. (Brent Lewis/The Denver Post/Getty Images)

Now it turns out they were well aware of the risks of a blowout before they caused the blowout.

TPM:

EPA released the documents following weeks of prodding from The Associated Press and other media organizations. EPA and contract workers accidentally unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater on Aug. 5 as they inspected the idled Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado.

Among the documents is a June 2014 work order for a planned cleanup that noted that the old mine had not been accessible since 1995, when the entrance partially collapsed. The plan appears to have been produced by Environmental Restoration, a private contractor working for EPA.

“This condition has likely caused impounding of water behind the collapse,” the report says. “ln addition, other collapses within the workings may have occurred creating additional water impounding conditions. Conditions may exist that could result in a blowout of the blockages and cause a release of large volumes of contaminated mine waters and sediment from inside the mine, which contain concentrated heavy metals.”

A subsequent May 2015 action plan for the mine also notes the potential for a blowout.

I don’t hear much from the usually strident environmental lobbies for whom the EPA can do no wrong.

Related:

How the EPA managed to spill 3 million gallons of mining waste into a Colorado river

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