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Tipton Blasts EPA After Agency Caught in Gold King Lie

February 11, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) ripped into the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today after a House Committee on Natural Resources report uncovered that the Agency deliberately mislead the public as employees attempted to cover up the Agency’s knowledge of risks at the Gold King Mine following the spill.

“The EPA has been caught deliberately deceiving the public in order to cover up the fact that it was aware of the risks at the Gold King Mine and yet did nothing, leading to the disaster.  This is an outrage that cannot go unpunished,” said Tipton. “There must be severe consequences for those involved in the deception and those who were aware of the dangers at the Gold King Mine and were willfully negligent. The EPA’s statements on how this disaster happened and who was responsible cannot be trusted.  Now the EPA is telling the community of Silverton to trust them as the agency agitates for a Superfund site designation to clean up a mess caused by its own negligence.”

In August, Hays Griswold, the EPA official in charge of the Gold King site, told the Denver Post that the EPA was not aware of the extent of the risks at the Gold King Mine, "Nobody expected (the acid water backed up in the mine) to be that high." Yet in October, according to the Denver Post, Griswold wrote an email to his EPA colleagues stating that he and others were in fact aware of the risks.

View the entire House Committee on Natural Resources report on the Gold King Mine Disaster HERE.