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.

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

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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  1. Craig Monk says:

    Doug Benevento, of EPA’s Denver region director, comment is meant to distract reader from the stupidity of the EPA that triggering a massive blowout that flooded the Animas River with 3 million gallons of acid mine drainage and, according to the EPA, over 550 tons of metals at the Gold King Mine.
    It’s just the truth Doug!

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