Fire EPA Employees, Says Geologist: ‘Where Is Donald Trump When You Need Him?’

Jerry McBride/Durango Herald via AP
Jerry McBride/Durango Herald via AP

Dave Taylor, the retired geologist who predicted the EPA project that caused the massive 3 million toxic spill in Colorado on August 5 would fail, says the EPA employees who caused the spill should be fired as soon as possible.

In a second letter to the editor published in the Silverton Standard on Thursday, Taylor wrote:

When I wrote my Letter to the Editor, published July 30, 2015, I warned of potential problems with the EPA’s Red and Bonita mine plugging scheme. At the time, I had no idea that the EPA could be so incredibly incompetent as to cause the failure of the Gold King Mine plug. Breaching the plug, August 5, 2015, resulted in a catastrophic deluge of 3 million gallons of contaminated water and mine waste that flowed down Cement Creek to the Animas River.

“In my opinion,” Taylor continued, “the EPA employees responsible for the breach should be held accountable and fired ASAP.”

“But of course, that probably won’t happen. Following the VA investigation, which took many months, only one employee was fired,” Taylor noted.

“Where is Donald Trump when you need him?” Taylor asked rhetorically.

“You’re fired!” Taylor added, indicating the message he wanted Trump to send to the EPA employees responsible for the breach.

“In the mining business, one must have the attitude that all accidents are preventable and prepare accordingly,” Taylor wrote.

“Obviously, the EPA was over confident and didn’t take the time to stand back, evaluate and think about how much water was upstream of the plug, what the hydrostatic pressure might be and what could happen if the plug was disturbed,” the retired geologist added.

“Over the years, I have worked on similar delicate projects. I always thought out my most effective Plan ‘A’ and subsequent additional back-up Plans ‘B,’ ‘C’ and ‘D’ just in case ‘Murphy’s Law’ came into play,” he noted.

“I don’t think the EPA even thought about a back-up plan, afterall, they are geniuses and could never make a mistake!” Taylor commented.

“The EPA is going to be covered up with follow-up testing, lawsuits and clean-up efforts,” Taylor predicted.

Taylor just might see Trump follow his recommendation about the firing of EPA employees responsible for the August 5 spill.

On August 13, eight days after the spill, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump told talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, “[t]his is all the more example why EPA, we should do it locally. We shouldn’t be doing it from Washington.”

“Often times for a thing like this, you have to just get rid of them [the bureaucrats in charge],” Trump added. That would presumably include EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, who visited Colorado earlier this month but didn’t go to see the site of the spill.