Victims Of Colorado Mine Spill Awaiting Payments 3 Years After The Fact.

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More than three years have passed since a major mine spill badly polluted rivers in three states. But the federal government still has not paid for damages for any of the victims affected by the event, which ironically was triggered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). An EPA-led contractor crew was doing excavation work at the entrance to the Gold King near Silverton, Colorado, on Aug. 5, 2015, when workers inadvertently unleashed 3 million gallons of wastewater pent up inside the mine.

Pollution then flooded the rivers of Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, and many tribal lands were affected. Farmers, rafting operators, tour guides, homeowners, and many others were adversely affected by the event, and these groups filed for roughly $318 in economic losses. Although the EPA paid out some money to state, tribal, and local governments for the costs of responding to the spill, no money has been paid to the individual claimants. Initially, the federal government cited sovereign immunity, claiming  that the lawsuits could not be brought in the first place, but then the government said it would review the claims. Still, though, no money has been paid out to date. Claimants from each of the three states affected have also filed separate suits against the EPA.

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