The EPA and the Animas River Disaster

August 11, 2015, by Ken Jorgustin

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Will anyone at the EPA get fired? No. Government blunders, corruption, and even crime has not been held truly accountable since I cannot even remember when… apparently untouchable.

In this particular instance, the Environmental Protection Agency (the one that might be better named The Employment Prevention Agency — filled with countless and unaccountable militant bureaucrats who seemingly aim to hinder, disrupt, regulate and terminate as much American business, personal property rights and individual liberty as possible) has apparently unleashed a seemingly epic environmental disaster on the Animas River which is spreading further as toxic sludge gushes forth…


 
The agency breached a dam at Colorado’s ‘Gold King’ mine (which had been abandoned for nearly a century) and sent toxic sludge containing lead, arsenic and other heavy metals flowing into the Animas River. The contaminated water has spread to New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, while EPA officials were forced to concede that more than 3 million gallons so far have been released into the river.

The EPA didn’t even reveal the spill until a day after the incident, and initially downplayed and grossly underestimated the damage.

“It has been five days since the spill and the EPA has failed to answer important questions, including whether the polluted water poses health risks to humans or animals,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Science Committee.

“It is concerning that the agency charged with ensuring that the nation’s waters are clean is reportedly responsible for the toxic water spill at Gold King Mine. A spill of this magnitude could be devastating for the families who live nearby and depend on the Animas River in their daily lives.”

-Washington Times

City officials stopped pumping water from the Animas into the reservoir that provides drinking water for Durango’s 17,000 residents and officials say about 1,000 residential water wells could become contaminated. (NY Times)

The river is closed indefinitely, and the county sheriff is warning river visitors to stay out of the water. The yellow plume has traveled down to New Mexico — where officials in several municipalities have stopped pumping river water into drinking water systems, fearing contamination.

The question is, where will this EPA toxic mess flow to next? All water flows downhill… look out below…

 
A few thoughts:

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”
~Thomas Sowell

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there would be a shortage of sand.”
~ Milton Friedman

“He who is unfit to serve his fellow citizens wants to rule them.”
― Ludwig von Mises

 
How about this for opinion?

The EPA is officially the Regulatory arm of this corrupt and contemptible administration.

NO ONE at the EPA will be held responsible, just like any other government agency run by appointed cronies.

The government uses us, rips us off; bureaucrats laugh about it and nothing ever gets better. We are losing all control over our own lives.

 
What’s your opinion?

 
By the way, this water disaster is yet another example of why it is such a good idea to keep on hand a quantity of water storage – not only for drinking, but for all other related uses. Consider a water barrel storage.