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The EPA's Orange River Conspiracy


Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accidentally dumped millions of gallons of toxic waste from a long-abandoned gold mine into the Animas River in Colorado.

Turning it orange …

But was this environmental catastrophe really “accidental?”

Our friends at Zero Hedge have uncovered an obscure letter to the editor published on July 30, 2015 in The Silverton (Colorado) Standard which not only predicts the precise timing of this disaster, but argues the whole thing is part of an EPA conspiracy to tap into federal “Superfund” cleanup money.

Written by retired geologist Dave Taylor, the letter warns local residents that “the EPA is setting your town and the area up for a Superfund blitzkrieg.”

Specifically, Taylor predicts that “within seven days … all of the 500 (gallons per minute) flow will return to Cememnt (sic) Creek.” He’s referring to the contamination caused by the EPA’s “accidental” breach of a rock damn that was keeping the toxic waste from an abandoned mine from entering Cement Creek.

Cement Creek is a tributary that flows into the Animas River, which is part of the Colorado River system.

The waste that leaked into the river consisted of at least three million gallons of polluted water laced with arsenic, lead, copper, aluminum and cadmium – and possibly mercury and selenium.

Here’s Taylor’s letter:

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Wow …

Not only does he predict the date of the “disturbance” and the ensuing contamination levels, he also lays out the EPA’s ultimate plan – the construction of a $100-$500 million government treatment facility.

Superfund – a.k.a. the “Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980” – is a federal program aimed at cleaning up sites contaminated with hazardous waste. Aside from freeing up federal clean-up money (for things like treatment facilities), the program imposes severe restrictions on future development in the affected areas.

A Superfund designation is also a death knell to tourism … which brings billions of dollars to Colorado’s economy each year.

Think this is black helicopter nonsense? Think again …

The subservient mainstream media – specifically left-leaning ABC News – has an astonishingly transparent article up seeking to shift the blame for the Animas River disaster from the EPA to “local authorities and mining companies (which) spent decades spurning federal cleanup help.” Specifically, Superfund help.

In fact the ABC report explicitly states that the EPA spent 25 years trying to impose a Superfund designation on the area – and that if the locals had only accepted their kind offer this disaster never would have happened.

From the report:

Asked if Superfund designation could have helped to prevent this accident, regional EPA administrator Shaun McGrath indicated it could have.

“Being listed under a national-priorities list … makes available to a clean-up effort resources under the Superfund, which are significant resources,” McGrath said. “And it does allow for potentially more extensive clean-up.”

Meanwhile from The Washington Post …

… (EPA) officials said that the toxic flood just highlights the need to deal with the rest of the state’s 22,000 abandoned mines.


Does anybody with more than two brain cells seriously still believe this disaster was an “accident?”

The EPA – currently engaged in an effort to regulate every puddle in America – appears to have deliberately turned a small environmental problem into a full-scale environmental disaster out of spite (and a desire to spend more taxpayer money).

We can only imagine what will happen to the next state or local government which attempts to resist the EPA…



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