EPA's Animas Spill: Hearing Before the Full Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, September 17, 2015   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is testimony compilation of the September 17, 2015 hearing "EPA's Animas Spill" held before the House Committee on Natural Resources. From the opening statement of Chairman Rob Bishop: "Over a year ago, EPA began to investigate remediation of the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado. That work culminated last month in the disastrous spill of 3 million gallons of orange mine water containing toxic heavy metals including lead, cadmium, and arsenic. The plume flowed along the Animas and San Juan Rivers from Colorado and into New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona. EPA documents show the agency was aware as early as June 2014 that a massive blowout was possible. However, EPA decided not to test the hydrostatic pressure in the mine. Instead, it dug around with heavy machinery. If an individual or a private company had done this, EPA would have already made sure there was hell to pay. […] Making sure EPA is held accountable for the spill it caused is the primary reason for today's hearing. Another is to hear from those affected by EPA's actions." Statements, Letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Gina McCarthy, Russell Begaye, Mike Olguin, and Larry Wolk.

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