October 23, 2015

Independence of DOI Investigation Challenged by New Mexico -- New Mexico Environment Department Press Release

Today, New Mexico Environment Department officials questioned the intent, independence, and investigative rigor of the U.S. Dept. of Interior’s (DOI) report on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gold King Mine blowout that released 3 million gallons of heavy metals laced mine wastewater into the Animas and San Juan Rivers.  “While DOI’s technical evaluation squarely places blame for the Gold King Mine blowout on EPA, it suspiciously avoids answering any questions of substance relating to who made the decisions leading to the accident and why they made them,” said New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn. -- 10/23/2015