EPA SAYING NO TO $20.4 MILLION FOR CLEANUP
The Environmental Protection Agency says it will pay $4.5 million to state, local and tribal governments for their emergency response to a mine spill that the EPA triggered, but the agency turned down $20.4 million in other requests for past and future expenses.
The EPA provided the figures Friday to The Associated Press, a day after informing two Indian tribes and more than a dozen state and local agencies in Colorado and New Mexico.
An EPA-led crew accidently released 3 million gallons of wastewater from the Gold King Mine while doing preliminary cleanup work in 2015. Rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah were polluted.
Reimbursements have been contentious. The EPA says it’s following the law.