Remember this past August when the EPA released several million — yes, million — gallons of toxic wastewater into the Animas River?

Well, an investigation by the Interior Department has concluded that the EPA was indeed responsible. Who’d’a thunk it?

Via Sen. Barrasso:

“Literally and figuratively, the EPA blew it. The government’s own report directly refutes the EPA’s claim that a toxic spill that caused 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater from the Gold King Mine to poison rivers in three states was ‘likely inevitable.’ Responsibility for this disaster lands directly on the EPA’s doorstep. I want to know who at the EPA will be held accountable for this disaster.”

From the Washington Examiner:

Government investigators say the spill at the King Gold Mine in Colorado was caused when a cleanup crew rushed its work, triggering the blowout it hoped to avoid, the Associated Press reported, which obtained a copy of the agency’s report on the investigation.

The probe by the Interior Department found the spill would have been avoided if the EPA had checked on the water levels before digging into the mine, according to AP.

And speaking of the AP, here’s how they reported the news:

“Missed chance”? Really?

That’s more like it.



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