EPA Chief Gina McCarthy 'Deeply Sorry' for Colorado Mine Spill

August 12, 2015 12:52 AM

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EPA Chief Gina McCarthy 'Deeply Sorry' for Colorado Mine Spill

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, responded today to criticism that her agency moved too slowly in alerting the public about the 3 million gallons of mine waste that has contaminated a Colorado river, saying the lag time is mainly due to the cautious nature of the government’s efforts.

McCarthy said she is “deeply sorry” and it “pains me to no end” to see the orange-colored toxic stream unleashed in the West. Calling the spill a “tragic and unfortunate accident,” she took full responsibility for the waste oozing from an abandoned mine into the Animas River.

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