Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Fire EPA agents responsible for the spillage of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into the ecosystem.
Millions of gallons of toxic mining wastewater are being spilled into pristine natural rivers from the Gold King Mine outside Silverton, Colorado after workers from the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally breached the sludge’s container seal. This wastewater is putting countless native species at risk of harm and death. Demand that the EPA workers whose negligence led to this horrible spill be fired as soon as possible.
The Gold King Mine has been abandoned and seeping wastewater into the nearby Cement Creek at a low rate for some years now. This seepage is what initially drew the EPA to investigate the site—unfortunately, that investigation did not go as planned.
As EPA representatives excavated the mine, they reportedly breached the source of the old wastewater, unleashing a plume of orange slurry that has flowed at a steady rate of 500 gallons a minute since. Latest estimates put the total amount of wastewater released so far at 3 million gallons, and it shows no sign of abating.
This toxic wastewater has found its way into Cement Creek, the Animas River, and finally the San Juan River, which is a tributary of the mighty Colorado River. Communities that draw their water from these rivers have already shut down their intakes, but the animals that call these waters home have absolutely no such luxury.
We simply cannot know what kind of long-term impact this toxic spill will have on either the environment or the animals that live in it. Given this, the negligence that caused it cannot be tolerated, even if it was an accident. Sign the petition below to demand that the EPA’s head administrator hold those responsible for this spill accountable and fire them from the agency as soon as possible.
Dear Administrator McCarthy,
I am writing you today about the ongoing toxic wastewater spill currently taking place at the Gold King Mine in Colorado. Ironically, this spill was the result of EPA agents, who must be held accountable for their negligence.
Three million gallons of this sludge have already spilled into the rivers surrounding this mine, and that number is increasing by 500 gallons every single minute. Thankfully the humans living in this area can get their water from other places, but the environment itself and the plethora of species that call it home are not so lucky.
The environment, the animals that live in the waters of these affected rivers, and the animals who drink from them are being subjected to a cascade of toxic heavy metals like arsenic, mercury, and lead. It is not hyperbole to say that the impact of this spill on the local ecosystem could be devastating.
The EPA is responsible for this spill and it needs to demonstrate that it takes it deadly seriously. Thankfully, efforts are already underway to mitigate the spill, but more can be done. I demand that you fire the negligent workers responsible for this spill as soon as possible so that they can never make such a disastrous mistake again.
[Your Name Here]
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