Environmental Protection Agency Tyranny
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) polluting of the Animas River could prove to be one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. The EPA agents who breached a debris dam at the long ago abandoned Gold King Mine and sent 3 million gallons of toxic sludge into the Animas River were unrelenting in their desire to turn the Gold King Mine into a superfund site. The EPA ignored pleadings from people who live near the mine to leave the mine undisturbed, and now the Animas River is nothing more than a delivery system for heavy metals and arsenic.
According to Colorado Watchdog, “Five months before the Animas River toxic spill disaster, leaders from the tiny Colorado mining town of Silverton pleaded with EPA officials to not perform tests that would declare the area a superfund site.” When the EPA declares an area a superfund site, it basically takes control of the site and everything around it, which sometimes includes building a “treatment plant.” Steve Wharton, head of a superfund response team, responded to the residents of Silverton by stating, “The fact is that our mission is to protect human health and the environment and not to stick our heads in the sand and not look.” Look at what? There were no visible signs of contamination, and the soil in Silverton was tested five years ago, and no problems were found. It seems the EPA had set its sights on the Gold King Mine, and it was not going to back away.
The Animas River is polluted because the EPA is a tyrannical, politicized agency that will stop at nothing to push Obama’s environmental agenda. Five days before the EPA polluted the Animas River, a letter to the editor from a person who identified himself as Dave Taylor, who said he has 47 years of experience as a professional geologist, was published in The Silverton Standard. Taylor warned residents that “the EPA is setting your town and the area up for a possible Superfund blitzkrieg.” Taylor explains in very detailed, technical terms that the EPA is creating a scenario where “the water will find a way out and will exfiltrate uncontrollably through connected abandoned shafts, drifts, raises, fractures and possibly from talus on the hillsides. Contamination may actually increase due to the disturbance and flushing action within the workings.” Taylor accused the EPA of intentionally creating the mess to get “a foot in the door to justify its hidden agenda for construction of a treatment plant.”
What will soon follow the EPA’s nefarious activities is a declaration by the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) that the Gold King Mine and Animas River are hazardous waste sites that require an emergency response from the EPA. Once OSWER makes the declaration, the EPA will send an army of fed gov bureaucrats to Colorado to handle the cleanup of the mine and river, which will include the construction of at least one treatment facility, and possibly more considering the Animas River flows through several states.
When the EPA declares that an area has to be cleaned up, it has the authority
- to conduct removal actions where immediate action needs to be taken;
- to enforce against potentially responsible parties;
- to ensure community involvement;
- involve states;
- and ensure long-term protectiveness.