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Friday, October 14, 2016
It's ONLY WATER for INDIANS: EPA Employees Responsible for Mine Disaster Will Not Face Criminal Charges
NOBODY in the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION is EVER RESPONSIBLE...
Federal prosecutors have decided not to bring criminal charges to Environmental Protection Agency employees involved with the 2015 leak of wastewater at an abandoned mine, the agency’s inspector general announced this week.
The EPA’s inspector general previously launched a criminal probe in conjunction with the Justice Department after the work of EPA employees led to a blowout at the Gold King Mine in Colorado, which resulted in 3 million gallons of toxic water spilling into multiple rivers in the region. The IG said an EPA employee may have violated the Clean Water Act and False Statements laws. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, however, has declined to prosecute the employee.
“In lieu of criminal prosecution, the OIG will prepare a Report of Investigation for submission to EPA’s senior management for review,” said Jeffrey Lagda, a spokesman for the IG’s office. He added the agency is required to report any administrative action it takes in response.
The report acknowledged employees missed some warning signs and failed to take certain precautions to prevent the spill, but ultimately found the blowout was “likely inevitable” due to built up pressurization.