DOJ refuses to prosecute EPA in Animas River disaster
We all remember the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, where 5 million gallons of oil were spewed and 11 workers were killed. Obama and former cabinet member Eric Holder couldn’t wait to file criminal and/or civil charges against BP before all the evidence was in.
Now we had another national disaster: this one on August 5 of 2015, which was caused by one of Obama’s cabinet members: Gina McCarthy who heads EPA. She had a crew which accidentally breeched a wall in an abandoned mine in Colorado, spilling over 3 million gallons of contaminated water into several rivers. The crew was supposed to be at the Gold King mine to clean it up, NOT to release 80 miles of toxic sludge.
Well if the DOJ wouldn’t prosecute Hillary Clinton for her unauthorized server, did we really think they would do so to the EPA? Now that of course, is a rhetorical question.
The EPA inspector announced Wednesday (October 12) that it found evidence an 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.
Three prominent House Republicans, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) who heads the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) of the House Oversight Committee, and oversight subcommittee chairwoman Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY); sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch:
“By not taking up the case, the Department of Justice looks like it is going easy on its colleagues in EPA,” [sic] “Its lack of action on these charges give the appearance of hypocrisy, and seem to indicate that there is one set of rules for private citizens and another for the federal government.”
They are requesting a meeting with Lynch by October 26 as to why she has declined to prosecute. The Associated Press had announced after the spill the EPA knew of the catastrophic potential they may be causing but plowed ahead any how. And last month according to an ABC report the EPA designated the Gold King Mine as a “Superfund” site.
According to Wiki:
Superfund sites are polluted locations requiring a long-term response to clean up hazardous material contaminations.
Ironically, the EPA caused this one and refuses to take responsibility for its recklessness. And of course the taxpayers will be footing the bill.
I wouldn’t hold your breath Lynch will change her mind.