Our pals at the Environmental Protection Agency who are deviling Whatcom County farmers at an ever-increasing pace deserve a new moniker: Environmental Pollution Agency.
Five days after the EPA had their little oops moment, releasing toxic chemicals into a 126 mile river which is a tributary of the San Juan River and the Colorado River System, news agency CNN described it's utter frustration in this news report, Pollution Is Flowing Faster Than Facts: "The mustard hue of the Animas River in Colorado -- the most visible effect of a mistake by the Environmental Protection Agency that dumped millions of gallons of pollutants into the water -- is striking.
Just a glance at a photo of the orange-yellowish slush is enough to know that something seems wrong. Scientists will have to say just how wrong, and possibly dangerous, the contamination is, though five days after the spill answers are few.
Just how polluted is the river? Is drinking water in peril? Are businesses dependent on the river out of luck?
One question that has been answered is the size of the spill: more than triple than originally estimated. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the size of the spill to be more than 3 million gallons, compared with the initial EPA estimate of 1 million gallons." ...more
Sooo .... just two days after that revelation, EPA began to claim that the river is “restoring itself." So said the country’s top environmental official on Thursday. And she added that deep-pockets-EPA is coughing-up an absurdly low $500,000 to help the locals. WE couldn't make this up - see the video of this statement yourself below.
Yes indeed. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy told reporters that the water quality has returned to “pre-incident conditions” after toxic sludge from an abandoned gold mine upstream in southern Colorado flowed into it. “The very good news is that we see that this river is restoring itself.”
Her agency has taken full responsibility for the spill, in which more than three million gallons of toxic wastewater spewed out of the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado, while an EPA crew was cleaning it up.
On Wednesday, Colorado officials said it was safe for Durango — the town just downstream from the spill site — to pull drinking water from the river again. [NBC video and story]...