MSLF Confronts EPA Over Conflict of Interest

From The Complete Colorado:

SILVERTON–The Denver-based Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Inspector General Charles Sheehan March 7 asking him to examine possible conflicts of interest in the EPA’s conduct in the Bonita Peak Mining District (BPMD) outside of Silverton after it caused the release of some 3 million gallons of acidic mine waste from the Gold King mine into the Animas River August 5, 2015…

“Rather than recognizing the conflict and seeking and independent third party agency to determine the appropriate action to take, EPA chose to use its power to list the area as a Superfund Site and to designate itself as the Lead Agency,” said MSLF attorneys Zhonette Brown and Christian Corrigan in the letter. 

Speaking with Complete Colorado Tuesday, Corrigan said, “This is very much a due process issue to us.” 

“The EPA has a blatant and impactful conflict of interest as the lead agency. We think the EPA should step aside here…”

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