The EPA inspector general’s report is full of lies and misrepresentations, says Heritage Foundation senior research fellow Rob Gordon. The whitewashed report claims that the dam failure came after EPA contractors “inadvertently … initiated an internal erosion failure.” But Gordon notes the IG report omits the critical fact that the EPA crew reburied the natural plug; ignores the EPA’s wrongful assumption that the floor of the mine was 6 feet lower tghan the ground outside when in fact the adit’s entire purpose was to drain the mine; and that the EPA failed to follow its own instructions that did not include excavating the blockage.
EPA was created in 1970 largely in response to the Cuyahoga River in Ohio catching on fire. Forty-five years later, things have come full circle. Now, it is EPA that is polluting a vast river system in the Southwest. Should EPA be allowed to take over the rest of the “waters of the United States?”