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EPA Knew of Blowout Risk at Gold King

EPA Knew of Blowout Risk at Gold King
August 24
11:35 2015

According to multiple documents released by the EPA, its managers were aware of the possibility of a blowout at the Gold King Mine in Colorado.

A 2014 work order noted that the conditions of the mines collapsed entryway had likely caused a buildup of water in the mine and that conditions existed that could result in the blowout of blockages and cause a release of a large volume of contaminated mine water.

A subsequent plan issued in May of 2015 noted the potential for a blowout as well.

Currently, there are three ongoing investigations into exactly how the EPA caused the environmental disaster which contaminated rivers in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah and sent a toxic plume 300 miles downstream into Lake Powell.

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