EPA SAY­ING NO TO $20.4 MIL­LION FOR CLEANUP

The Denver Post - - NEWS - The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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