DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is firing back at a mining company that accused the agency of letting untreated mine wastewater get into a southwestern Colorado river.

Doug Benevento, the EPA’s Denver region director, said Thursday the criticism from Sunnyside Gold Corp. was meant to distract attention from Sunnyside’s responsibility to help with a Superfund cleanup of the area.

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The company and the government are in a dispute over who should pay for a study to help devise a cleanup plan.

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EPA ordered Sunnyside to pay because the company owns mining sites in the area.
Sunnyside argues it’s not responsible. The company says EPA is making things worse by running a treatment plant below full capacity, letting pollution get into a river.
EPA says the plant is running as designed.

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