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EPA says it can’t pay economic damages from mine spill – Breitbart – Linkis.com

January 15, 2017

So the EPA dumps tons of pollution into the Colorado River.  Then says, ‘We’re the government, so we don’t have to pay restitution to those who were injured.’
It is great to be king.  Sucks to be a mere citizen. RM

“The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it will not repay claims totaling more than $1.2 billion for economic damages from a mine waste spill the agency accidentally triggered..”

Source: EPA says it can’t pay economic damages from mine spill – Breitbart – Linkis.com

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  1. perry permalink
    January 15, 2017 2:11 pm

    let’s be clear, it was the mining company that abandoned the pollution, in the first place,the EPA was trying to clean up another right wing states business that created the pits in the first place, go after the mine owners, they created this mess, and they walked away.

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    • January 15, 2017 5:47 pm

      Facts are stubborn things, Perry. The epa was trying to put in a drain pipe to treat mine contamination. Instead, they breached the dam that held back mine runoff. The EPA released three million gallons of waste that was held in the mine. They hid that fact for a day. The levels of arsenic, lead and mercury climbed to thousands of times their background level. You or I would be in jail. The feds shrug and walk away.

      Yes, I can see a surety bond for mine owners so they would have to cover their reclamation/remediation costs. That is a different subject from the EPA claiming Sovereign Immunity and walking away from the damage they did.

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