EPA’s own data belie its fish story on why it caused Gold King mine disaster

EPA’s own data belie its fish story on why it caused Gold King mine disaster
The Animas River, where orange is the new blue. (Image: CNN iReport)

[Ed. – Well ain’t that a kick in the head.  There were probably never any fish to save — even before human industrial interaction began.]

Saving the fish in tributaries of the Animas River from pollution was the stated reason for a clean up that went disastrously wrong and polluted rivers in three states.

Daily Caller:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials say they need to control a Colorado region because decades of mining there have destroyed a local creek’s fish populations, but an internal report contradicts that claim.

Natural toxins pollute Colorado’s Cement Creek – an Animas River tributary – and it’s unclear if those waters supported aquatic life even before human interference, according to the EPA’s April 2015 Baseline Ecological Risk Assessment (BERA) report said.

“Mainstem Mineral Creek … and mainstem Cement Creek may not have supported viable fish … communities before large-scale mining activities started in the 19th century due to naturally high levels of metals and low pH levels in their surface waters,” the report said. “This represents a serious uncertainty, which would have to be considered as part of any future risk management decision-making.”

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