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Congress Holds Hearing To Uncover Root Of Colorado River Toxic Waste Spill

Gold King Mine
(Photo courtesy of Environmental Protection Agency)
On Aug. 5, 2015, the EPA spilled contaminated wastewater from the Gold King Mine in San Juan County, Colorado.

The Gold King Mine spill in Silverton, Colorado, led to the release of 3 million gallons of toxic waste that impacted the Navajo Nation along with Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

Wednesday, Congress stepped in with a hearing held by the House Science Committee to find out what happened.

Committee Chair Lamar Smith of Texas criticized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in his opening statement and Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for the EPA, represented the agency.

Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.