Gardner Announces Gold King Mine Spill Recovery Grant for La Plata County

Gardner Pressures EPA to Fully Reimburse Colorado Communities

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today the Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded La Plata County $57,809 to aid recovery efforts following the Gold King Mine spill. The grant will be used to aid data collection, market analysis, and hire a recovery coordinator “to assist San Juan County’s businesses and residents.”


Gardner has repeatedly called on the federal government to provide the necessary resources to Colorado communities affected by the spill. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still has not fully reimbursed for emergency response costs incurred as a result of the Gold King Mine spill, or paid a single claim filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act by those injured. Earlier this year, Gardner and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced legislation that would require EPA to fully and expeditiously compensate all communities and individuals that were impacted by the Gold King Mine disaster.


“I’m pleased La Plata County will receive federal funds to assist in the recovery from the EPA-born Gold King Mine spill, but I’m disappointed EPA has yet to fully reimburse my constituents,” said Gardner. “While these federal funds are another step toward recovery in the area, the EPA must right this wrong and fully compensate the people of Southwest Colorado. Private citizens and small businesses continue to be harmed because the EPA has not lived up to their commitment. I will continue to pressure the EPA and advocate for my constituents affected by this disaster.” 




Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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