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Don't trust the EPA on the Animas River spill

Don't trust the EPA on the Animas River spill

To the editor: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's words of reassurance and comfort after the Colorado mine spill into the Animas and San Juan rivers should not be trusted. Those placating words do not have the historical ring of truth. ("States downstream from contaminated river upset that EPA didn't alert them," Aug. 11) I've long noticed that in the wake of any accidental spill or contamination — be it British Petroleum oil in the Gulf of Mexico or the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan — authorities, at least initially, downplay the danger and potential long-lasting damage from the accident. We are predictably told not to worry our pretty...

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