Gardner Statement On DOI Report on Animas River Spill

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement on the Department of the Interior’s Gold King Mine Technical Report, an investigation into the Animas River spill: 

“I appreciate the Interior Department’s investigation into the Animas River spill, and I look forward to closely reviewing it,” said Gardner. “Based on an initial review of the report, I am deeply troubled that not only was the EPA found responsible for the release of millions of gallons of toxic waste into the Animas River, but it could have been prevented. I fully expect accountability and transparency from the EPA, and I look forward to a response to my questions surrounding the EPA’s insufficient and untimely recovery efforts and its proactive measures to prevent a disaster of similar magnitude in the future."               


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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