Gardner Blasts EPA on Animas Spill Response, Calls for Congressional Oversight

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) response to the 3-million gallon spill of pollutants into the Animas River: 

 “It’s outrageous, reckless, and unacceptable that it’s been seven days since the EPA released three million gallons of toxic waste into the Animas River and the federal agency still has few answers. That is why I am requesting Congressional oversight hearings to examine the EPA’s insufficient response and to ensure that the EPA is held to the same recovery standards as the private sector. 

“Although the EPA has finally acknowledged the magnitude of the crisis, its ongoing lack of communication and coordination must be rectified. The local communities and industries that rely on the river for their livelihoods deserve transparency, accountability, and an explanation that is far-past due.”