Several weeks after the EPA spilled 3 million gallons of toxic mine water into the Animas River, they’ve finally released some of their internal documents on the matter. According to AP, these documents reveal that the EPA was well aware of the risks associated with the Gold King Mine. A work order for a cleanup in June of 2014, made light of the fact that part of the mine entrance had collapsed.
The report reads: “This condition has likely caused impounding of water behind the collapse…In 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.”
Much of the document’s text are redacted, and still don’t provide any answers to what happened before or after the spill, and don’t explain why the EPA didn’t immediately warn local officials of the toxic water pouring into the Animas river. Also unanswered, are the questions and accusations surrounding the Superfund controversy, and the possibility that the EPA may have deliberately sabotaged the mine to secure more tax dollars.
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