From The Washington Examiner:
The U.S. Attorney General’s office will not prosecute an Environmental Protection Agency employee for his involvement in a Colorado mine wastewater spill caused by the agency that polluted rivers in three western states last year.
The EPA’s Office of Inspector General said Wednesday that it found evidence the unnamed employee may have violated the Clean Water Act and given false statements. But spokesman Jeff Ladga said the Justice Department will not pursue the case. Instead, the case will be sent to the agency’s leaders.
The investigation has been ongoing for more than a year following the Aug. 5, 2015, blowout of the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado. Federal officials had opened a criminal probe after members of Congress demanded accountability of EPA employees for triggering the spill of 3 million gallons of toxic metals that sullied the waterways in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.
Background: When the EPA showed up in Colorado, the mine owner tried to stop them from accessing the property, but the bumbling assclowns threatened him with a $35,000 fine a day if he didn’t knuckle under:
The owner of the Colorado’s Gold King Mine says he tried to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from gaining access to his property, but that he relented after the agency threatened to pound him with ruinous fines if he refused.
……(Todd) Hennis said he opposed having the EPA investigate leakage from the inactive mine near Silverton, Colorado, because he had tangled with the agency in previous years over its work at another mine he owns in Leadville, Colorado.
“I said, ‘No, I don’t want you on my land out of fear that you will create additional pollution like you did in Leadville,’” Mr. Hennis told Colorado Watchdog.org. “They said, ‘If you don’t give us access within four days, we will fine you $35,000 a day.’”
And of course, they tried to cover up the disaster.
A congressional committee blasted the Environmental Protection Agency today for blocking release of documents related to the Gold King mine disaster, which poured deadly chemicals into the largest source of drinking water in the West.
……EPA director Gina McCarthy has been asked to appear and answer questions about the agency’s role in creating a 3-million-gallon toxic spill into Colorado’s Animas River on Aug. 5. Critics say McCarthy and the EPA have been unresponsive, secretive and unsympathetic toward millions of people who live in three states bordering the river.
For several days, the EPA didn’t notify the states of Utah, New Mexico or the Navajo Nation that the spill was coming their way. McCarthy waited a week before visiting Colorado and even then she refused to tour Silverton, the town nearest the Gold King mine where EPA contractors unleashed the toxic plume into waterways that feed the Colorado River. The agency withheld the name of the contractor working on the project and other details that are generally considered public information. Lastly, the Navajo Nation, which relies on the river for drinking water and farming, received an emergency supply from the EPA in oil-contaminated containers.
After months of this shit, Barky’s DOJ won’t hold them accountable.
The tyrants at the EPA couldn’t care less about the damage they cause in the name of the “environment” , and no one will stop them.