Congressman lambastes EPA for not providing Colorado mine spill documents

From The Denver Post:  The Texas representative who chairs the Congressional Science, Space, and Technology Committee lambasted the Environmental Protection Agency’s chief Tuesday for failing to hastily release documents linked to the Gold King Mine spill.

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said the committee had requested the documents by Monday and called it “disappointing, but not surprising” that they were not submitted.

“These documents are essential to the Committee’s ongoing investigation and our upcoming hearing on September 9,” Smith said in a statement. “But more importantly, this information matters to the many Americans directly affected in western states, who are still waiting for answers from the EPA.”

The EPA spilled 3 million gallons of contaminants from the Gold King when it blew out above Silverton on Aug. 5. The release spent yellow-orange sludge cascading through three states and Native American tribes leaving economic impacts in its aftermath.

Smith’s office said the EPA was “failing to comply with (a) Congressional investigation” by not submitting the papers.

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