EPA Accidentally Spilled Toxic Waste Into River While Investigating Toxic Waste

There’s a lot of talk going around these days about water pollution being caused by companies who extract coal and natural gas. Thank goodness the Environmental Protection Agency is on the job to show them how to do the job. I’m talking about doing the actual pollution.

At least that’s one plausible explanation for how the EPA accidentally released a massive spill of 1 million gallons of coal mine waste into a river in Silverton, Colorado.

The spill happened while EPA officials were using “heavy machinery” to investigate possible pollutants at the Gold King Mine. It doesn’t say exactly how the “heavy machinery” caused the spill that sent coal mine pollutants into Cement Creek that feeds into the Animas River but rest assured that they’ll investigate how it happened by sending inspectors from the EPA to…oh, never mind.

The EPA is also coming under fire from the New Mexico Governor’s office for how they released information about the spill. A spokesperson for the office says they never released an official notice from the EPA and instead found out about it from the Southern Ute Tribe. I’m sure the EPA also would have waited until someone started asking them why their tap water tasted all “coal miney.”

So far, officials hope they can dilute the pollutants by pumping more water into the river before it can spread further. They should have someone from the EPA do that because apparently, they are pretty good about letting things just spill out into the environment.