Gold King Mine Spill Answers Must Wait On Probe, Pols Told

By Stan Parker (August 1, 2016, 6:53 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog told politicians Friday that it cannot answer their questions about last year's Gold King Mine disaster until a criminal investigation runs its course.

Carolyn Cooper, the EPA's assistant inspector general for program evaluation, told lawmakers from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming that her office needs to wait for the all-clear from the OIG's Office of Investigations and the U.S. Department of Justice before releasing the details of the report on the environmental disaster that became infamous after images of a bright orange Animas River circulated.

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