Monday, August 17, 2015

Animas Brief

This is terrible.
The sight of three million gallons of contaminated water in the Animas River near Silverton, Colorado from an abandoned gold mine is hard enough to bear, and it's even more galling to learn that the Environmental Protection Agency caused this by accidentally breaching a dam meant to contain polluted water from the mine.  What's worse is that the EPA was never welcome in this part of Colorado, where the locals would like to see mining revived and saw the EPA poking around in the contaminated creeks near the river as meddling.  So this spill has only deepened their distrust of the agency. Now the people who live there think the EPA did this deliberately to get funding for a cleanup (!) and pressure to have the mine designated as a Superfund site.   
Right, I give up trying to make sense of anything any more . . .

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