It figures they didn’t have a plan, it is the government…..
The Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged Wednesday that it did not plan for the “worst-case scenario” at a Colorado mine clean-up operation — where that scenario unfolded last month when a toxic mine spill sent millions of gallons of sludge into Western rivers.
Mathy Stanislaus, an EPA assistant administrator, testified at the first congressional hearing on the mine disaster. He defended the agency’s transparency but said a team has concluded the agency’s response plan did not account for a blowout.
“The investigation team also concluded that the emergency response component of the plan did not include the worst-case scenario of a blowout and that’s something I committed to, going forward, to make sure that happens,” Stanislaus told lawmakers on the House science committee.
Stanislaus’ answers did not appear to satisfy lawmakers who accused the EPA of ducking responsibility for the spill that fouled rivers in three Western states.
“The EPA neither took responsibility nor were they forthright with the American people,” House science committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said, urging the EPA to “come clean” on its involvement.
Smith said the EPA took more than 24 hours to inform the public about the seriousness of the spill. He added he was disappointed that EPA chief Gina McCarthy declined to attend the hearing Wednesday, saying: “Perhaps she doesn’t have good answers.”