Don’t invite the EPA to a pool party

Hi! We’re from the gummint, and we’re here to make things worse.

The Environmental Protection Agency is red-faced over a river it turned yellow-orange when its own federal mine cleanup specialists accidentally unleashed an estimated one million gallons of contaminated muck into Cement Creek.

The contamination spread down a river in southwest Colorado, turning the water a bright mustard yellow. [more]

How big do you think the fine will be?
How many EPA management will face prosecution or get fired?

(What? Of course those are trick questions! Where you been?)


  1. Ironic in Denver
    Posted August 7, 2015 at 3:54 pm |

    Hey, it’s ready to be a SuperFund site. The extra federal money can be used to pay big bonuses to all EPA personnel involved, plus bigger bonuses for their managers –> kuz they had such good intentions, y’know.

  2. Fawkes News (#AntelopeLivesMatter)
    Posted August 7, 2015 at 4:35 pm |

    It’s really all because of Gorebull Worming Climate Change™.

  3. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted August 7, 2015 at 5:04 pm |

    He said EPeeA.

  4. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted August 7, 2015 at 9:44 pm |

    “Contaminated” with what?

  5. Melissa In Texas
    Posted August 7, 2015 at 11:48 pm |

    ^gummint waste^

  6. staghounds
    Posted August 8, 2015 at 7:12 am |

    Some truck driver will be fired. They always discipline the lowest ranking blamable person in high profile cases.

  7. mojo
    Posted August 8, 2015 at 4:09 pm |

    Sounds like the EPA should give itself a massive fine for plain dumb-assery. Not to even mention the lawsuits flowing (hah) from every town downstream.

  8. icemaned13-"She has Bette Davis Isis"
    Posted August 8, 2015 at 7:32 pm |

    Reminds me of that scene in Willy Wonka.

  9. geezerette
    Posted August 9, 2015 at 7:33 am |

    They– are going to have buy a whole new fleet of big yellow busses and more wrist slappers. There isn’t any more room to sweep these smidgens of evidence in under the rug in the Oval Office. This I’m sure will put a stop to any more minning in this country. Unless of course the “gummint” takes over all mining.

  10. mech
    Posted August 9, 2015 at 3:05 pm |

    ^Claire (4), it was a gold mine so the pond contained zinc, lead, arsenic (no old lace as far as I’ve heard) and a variety of related heavy metals, etc..

    Some drone ‘accidentally pulled out a plug’ in the pond while doing some other work
    with a backhoe in the downhill side of the pond.