Gardner Statement on Additional EPA Funding for Animas River Spill Fallout

WASHINGTON – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement after learning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has committed to providing $600,000 in additional funding to support spring runoff as well as real-time monitoring efforts following the Animas River spill on August 5, 2015. Additionally, EPA announced it will provide $2 million in funding to Clean Water Act Sections 106 and 319, which provide states and tribes clarity on overall water conditions in the Animas and San Juan Rivers. 


“I applaud EPA’s decision to provide additional funding to support water quality treatment and monitoring efforts as I expressed to EPA during Congressional hearings last fall. The spring runoff is a top concern of mine following the Animas River spill, as we learn more about the spill's long-term impact," said Gardner. “Furthermore, I’m working on legislation that allows Good Samaritan projects to apply for funding for remediation under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, so I’m pleased EPA has increased its funding. EPA’s commitment to additional funding is a positive step forward, and I will continue to fight to ensure that the EPA is held fully accountable and my constituents who were affected by the Animas River disaster are made whole.”


In April, Gardner joined Governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Senator Michael Bennet (D-C), and Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03) in sending a letter urging EPA to provide additional funds for water quality monitoring in light of spring runoff. 




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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