Kind of strange how all the so-called environmental groups are totally silent about Obama’s EPA spill, huh? If this happened under an Republican administration the coverage would be relentless, complete with the heartbreaking images of birds covered in toxic sludge. But we see none of that. In fact, there’s pretty much zero national coverage. It’s almost as if the media’s invested in protecting Dear Leader.
The cost of cleaning up a major toxic waste spill in the West caused by an Environmental Protection Agency contractor could soar as high as $27.7 billion.
That’s the conclusion of study released Tuesday morning by the right-leaning American Action Forum. The group is one of the first to attempt to estimate the clean-up cost of what will likely be remembered as one of the biggest environmental disasters of 2015.
The toxic spill began Aug. 5 when an EPA contractor accidentally ruptured a wall holding back millions of gallons of wastewater containing a variety of toxic substances such as mercury and lead at a closed gold mine in Colorado.
The resulting spill created a yellow plume of toxic sludge that flowed through Colorado, New Mexico and Utah via the Animas and San Juan rivers.
EPA and state officials say much of the toxic plume has dissipated in the Animas River, which the EPA confirmed Friday as being back to pre-spill conditions. But concerns remain that pollution in the rivers’ sediment layers may have to be removed, with officials predicting a clean-up effort that could take years to complete.
The American Action Forum’s study attempts to piece together estimates of the cost of the clean-up effort by reviewing a variety of the EPA’s own assessments and modeling that were used for related events such as oil spills.
It also examined agency cost estimates for its controversial Waters of the U.S. rule, as well as regulations for limiting water discharges from power plants.
The study concludes that the cost of the toxic waste spill “might range between $2.7 million, $424 million, or $16.3 billion, but it will probably take months to assess the full damage,” which could push estimates higher.
Nobody’s been fired, nobody’s been held accountable. Heck, nobody cares. Media and Democrats are pretty much like: