Aug 16, 2015

Politically Incorrect Cartoon Shows Why The EPA’s Days May Be Numbered

By on Sunday, August 16, 2015

From Powerline:
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the agency is very sorry [about the Environmental Protection Agency’s colossal, three million gallon spill of mining waste containing lead, arsenic and other toxic substances into the Animas River in Colorado]:

“We want to reassure everyone that the EPA does take full responsibility for the spill,” which took place at the long-closed mine north of Durango, she said. “No agency could be more upset about this incident and more dedicated to doing our job and doing it right.”
I don’t doubt that the EPA’s bureaucrats are upset, but will they actually bear responsibility for the spill as a private company would? Yesterday we contrasted the Animas River disaster with the far smaller Elk River, West Virginia discharge that happened last year. In that case, employees of the responsible company, Freedom Industries, were criminally prosecuted and did jail time. Does anyone at the EPA, or the EPA’s contractor that directly caused the Animas River spill, have to fear any such penalty? I doubt it.

Another analogous case is the coal ash spill into the Dan River in North Carolina, in February 2014. In that instance, Duke Energy was criminally prosecuted. When a private company causes a major water pollution incident, the site isn’t just crawling with EPA bureaucrats. It is crawling with FBI agents[.] …
Who in the Obama administration will be held accountable for the Animas River spill? And will accountability mean criminal prosecution, or a smaller raise next year? …


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