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November 16, 2015
Colorado officials are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) account of the state’s role in the August mine waste spill that the EPA caused.
The EPA has repeatedly said that experts with Colorado’s Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety (DRMS) approved of their plans to start cleaning up the Gold King Mine near Silverton.
But in a September letter to the EPA, Colorado natural resources director Mike King rejected that claim, telling the EPA that “no one at DRMS directed any work at Gold King, nor did any DRMS personnel approve or disapprove any of the work EPA was conducting there,” according to the Denver Post.
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