EPA Withholds Documents on Gold King Mine Disaster=> Ignores Congressional Subpoena

In early August, an EPA-supervised work crew inspecting the Gold King mine in Colorado knocked a hole in a waste pit, releasing at least three million gallons of acidic liquid laden with toxic heavy metals into the local river system.
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The EPA was subpoenaed on August 10th to provide documents by August 24th concerning the agency’s involvement in the Gold King Mine spill.

The EPA ignored the Congressional subpoena. They have not turned over any documents.
The Congressional hearing is September 9th.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) the chairman of the Science Space and Technology Committee released this statement earlier today.

Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency failed to provide documents and communication the Committee requested by August 24th concerning the agency’s involvement in the Gold King Mine spill.

Chairman Lamar Smith: “It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the EPA failed to meet the House Science Committee’s reasonable deadline in turning over documents pertaining to the Gold King Mine spill. These documents are essential to the Committee’s ongoing investigation and our upcoming hearing on September 9th. But more importantly, this information matters to the many Americans directly affected in western states, who are still waiting for answers from the EPA.

“Even in the face of self-imposed environmental disaster, this administration continues to prioritize its extreme agenda over the interests and well-being of Americans. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is currently crusading on climate change action in Japan while President Obama, who has yet to visit the areas affected by the spill, is touring the U.S. to tout EPA’s latest regulation that will do little to impact climate change and will only further burden Americans with higher electric bills. It is no wonder the majority of Americans feel Washington no longer works for them.”

Chairman Smith first requested communication and documents from the EPA in an August 10th letter.

The liberal mainstream media has ignored this environmental disaster for weeks now.

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