Gold King Mine – Not the First Time EPA Dumped Toxic Waste in the Area
Several weeks ago, there was this false hope that the Environmental Protection Agency was actually protecting our natural resources from those who would callously exploit it for profit. We now know that this was a pipe dream and that the agency has been actively dumping for at least ten years. This came to light as we reported the spill caused by the EPA at Gold King Mine.
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Now, we find out that this was not the first time that this kind of thing has happened. We now find another cover-up in this administration.
The 3-million-gallon heavy-metal spill two weeks ago in Silverton polluted three states and touched off national outrage. But the EPA escaped public wrath in 2005 when it secretly dumped up to 15,000 tons of poisonous waste into another mine 124 miles away. That dump – containing arsenic, lead and other materials – materialized in runoff in the town of Leadville, said Todd Hennis, who owns both mines along with numerous others.
Why would the EPA want to dump that much waste into an abandoned mine? What would they possibly gain by such actions? We know that the EPA, like all government agencies, do not produce these chemicals or anything for that matter. The government is not in the business of manufacturing. So, what’s up? It is simple and Hennis hits on this purpose.
“If a private company had done this, they would’ve been fined out of existence,” Hennis said. “I have been battling the EPA for 10 years and they have done nothing but create pollution. About 20 percent (of Silverton residents) think it’s on purpose so they can declare the whole area a Superfund site.”
What is a Superfund? Well the government defines it this way.
Superfund is the name given to the environmental program established to address abandoned hazardous waste sites. It is also the name of the fund established by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (CERCLA statute, CERCLA overview). This law was enacted in the wake of the discovery of toxic waste dumps such as Love Canal and Times Beach in the 1970s. It allows the EPA to clean up such sites and to compel responsible parties to perform cleanups or reimburse the government for EPA-lead cleanups.
Okay, so? You might be wondering what that has to do with dumping toxic waste into dead mines. Well it is simple. These Superfunds are not simply cleanups, but restoration and development projects. That means big money for big business and construction. Prime land cheap.
And guess what the EPA has done in Leadville. That’s right, they have already finished one Superfund.
The EPA website reports:
Over the last two decades, the City of Leadville and Lake County, Colorado have worked through a period of profound economic change, proactively looking for new options and new directions for their future. As part of their efforts to restructure their historically mining-based economies, the communities have developed an innovative recreational reuse for a Superfund site that once threatened to limit local economic growth. Today, the 12.5-mile Mineral Belt Trail provides recreational opportunities for area residents and visitors, offers an important trail connector link, and commemorates the region’s mining heritage. Twenty years ago, however, these communities were facing difficult choices and limited options.
It seems that the government has taken up the old tricks of their agents from the 1860’s. Carpet baggers did the same kind of thing to unsuspecting southern and western landowners. The EPA has spiked the water so that they can take over the county and make their buddies more money. No surprise, the rich making the rich richer.
*Article by Michael Ware