05.05.16

Gardner Tours EPA Water Treatment Facility in Gladstone

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following his tour of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) water treatment facility in Gladstone, Colorado. The water treatment facility was set up after the EPA released approximately three million gallons of mining sludge into the Animas River on August 5, 2015. 

 “EPA’s water treatment facility is essential to ensuring the surrounding local communities have access to a safe water supply, and it is my hope that EPA expands the scope of the facility and uses it to the full capacity throughout the cleanup process.  While I’m pleased EPA is working with local officials to remediate the systemic issues that are the product of the Gold King Mine spill, the tour provided me with further confirmation that we need permanent solutions to address the problem of abandoned mines across Colorado and the West,” said Gardner. “That’s why I’m working on legislation that allows Good Samaritans the opportunity to clean up the environment in and around orphan mines. I will continue to work to find effective solutions to prevent another EPA-born disaster, and do everything I can to ensure the local communities affected by the Gold King Mine spill have the resources they deserve to fully recover.”

Background:

  • Gardner joined Senator Michael Bennet and Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03) in releasing a discussion draft designed to allow Good Samaritans, such as the mining industry, state agencies, local governments, nonprofits, and other groups, the opportunity to clean up the environment and improve water quality in and around orphan mines. A legislative hearing on the draft took place in the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in March. They continue to work toward introduction of the legislation.   
  • Gardner reacted to reports that EPA would not fully reimburse La Plata County for costs incurred as a result of the Gold King Mine spill. Gardner is set to introduce legislation with Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) that would require EPA to fully and expeditiously compensate all communities that were impacted by the Gold King Mine spill.
  • Gardner welcomed the news that EPA committed to providing $600,000 in additional funding to support spring runoff as well as real-time monitoring efforts.  

Gardner tours EPA water treatment facility in Gladstone, CO

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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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