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Fleming criticizes EPA’s double standard

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after questioning EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy:

“When it comes to cleaning up Camp Minden, or causing the Animas Mine spill in Colorado, EPA plays by a different rulebook than it applies to its victims. When it came to Camp Minden, EPA was pushing for an open burn process that could put the citizens of Northern Louisiana at risk. EPA refused to certify that that this proposed process was safe, all the while threatening fines for burning a pile of leaves. Fortunately, the community, along with Senator Vitter and I, were able to push back and get EPA to pursue a closed burn process.

“In the case of the Animas River, if a private individual had caused the mine waste spill, they would likely be in jail. Instead, EPA ‘accepts responsibility’ in the same way the Hillary Clinton accepts responsibility for using a private email server to send classified material. EPA has taken no actions to fire or reduce the pay of any responsible actor.

“If EPA cannot hold itself accountable, and the President will not act, Congress must act. Upon completion of this Congressional oversight investigation, Congress should insist upon dismissals, severe fines and withholding Congressional funding to hold accountable those responsible.”

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.