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Monday, August 31, 2015  

♦The EPA's harm to Colorado goes well beyond the Gold King mine spill

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The EPA's harm to Colorado goes well beyond the Gold King mine spill

By Representative J. Paul Brown (R-Ignacio)

It's rather ironic that the federal agency tasked with protecting our environment was responsible for a major environmental disaster. Less than a month ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was conducting a field operation test on the Gold King mine, when it negligently allowed for the removal of the dam retaining highly contaminated water. An estimated three million gallons of water containing high concentrations of heavy metals came spilling out of the Gold King mine, staining the Animas River a mustard-yellow color for nearly a 100 miles. I am encouraged that surface water has returned to pre-spill conditions, but the true environmental and economic impacts of this spill may not be fully realized for years to come. Yet this river contamination is just one of several disastrous and costly problems initiated by the EPA that are hurting Colorado families.  

In December 2014, the EPA announced a proposed rule change that would lower the ozone standard by 15 percent. Currently, twenty of Colorado's most populated counties are failing to reach the EPA's aggressive existing standard. Thus an additional 15 percent reduction will be enormously burdensome. The new ozone standard makes it more difficult to get the necessary permits for the manufacture of goods and will also increase the cost of building roads and bridges in Colorado. The National Association of Manufactures estimates these new regulations could cost Colorado more than 200,000 jobs and an economic impact of nearly $16 billion over the next 20 years.

In addition to the new ozone regulations, the EPA recently announced its Clean Power Plan, which will force Colorado power plants to reduce carbon emissions by nearly 30 percent. A significant portion of our state's electricity is generated from locally mined coal; which is the cornerstone of economies in many rural towns across Colorado. The EPA claims that their crushing regulations will help our state, but I have not seen any evidence to suggest Coloradans will benefit from higher energy costs.  

With so many parts of our state still recovering from the recession, it's frustrating that the EPA continues to disregard the heavy impacts their aggressive and unnecessary policies have on our economy. As a result of the EPA's policies, Coloradans now face higher energy costs, more bureaucracy for manufactures and growth and more government control over energy production. The mustard-yellow stain that scarred the Animas River was a very visual indicator of the EPA's negligence, but the economic impact of this spill as well as the EPA's additional energy regulations will be an even worse disaster for Colorado.

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J. Paul Brown

Press Releases

In the News

 Tweets of the Week 

Congrats to Rachel Henderson, a student from HD 44, on earning a scholarship! Celebrating tonight.#pinnacolfoundation
Club 20 sponsored a great meeting with Governor Hickenlooper discussing many Westslope issues including the State Water Plan including transcontinental water diversions, transportation, education, tourism, forest health and the timber industry, coal, oil and gas, the sage grouse, and the Animas River.
Great @HRChamberHub lunch today w/ @dcsheriff and @RepMikeCoffman who updated us on the Iran deal, VA hospital & more

Capitol Pictures

Representative Don Coram (R-Montrose) inspects the Gold King Mine, the source of the recent spill that polluted the Animas River in Southwestern Colorado. 

Representative Kim Ransom (R-Douglas County) meets up with Amy Van Dyken-Rouen at the Pinnacol Foundation Scholars Dinner.

House Minority Whip Perry Buck (R-Sterling) with her husband, Congressman Ken Buck at the Boulder County Lincoln Day Dinner. 

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