EPA contractors that contaminated river earned $381 million from taxpayers

Animas River Colorado

The issue of poor government spending has been in the news for decades. Usually, the debate is centered around wasteful spending, not the type of spending that can cause an environmental catastrophe such as what happened this week to the Animas River in Colorado. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what may be happening right now.

Daily Caller reports that Environmental Restoration (ER) LLC is responsible for the spill. The company has received $381 million in government payouts since 2007.

So far, the EPA has refused to publicly name the contracting company used to plug abandoned mines in southern Colorado, despite numerous attempts by The Daily Caller News Foundation and other media outlets to obtain the information. It’s unclear why the agency chose not to reveal the contractor’s name.

CNN is reporting that answers are slim as they come out of the EPA:

According to the EPA, the spill occurred when one of its teams was using heavy equipment to enter the Gold King Mine, a suspended mine near Durango. Instead of entering the mine and beginning the process of pumping and treating the contaminated water inside as planned, the team accidentally caused it to flow into the nearby Animas River.

Read more on CNN and Daily Caller.

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