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EPA Chief Gina McCarthy Set To Face Congress Over Toxic Mine Spill

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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Gina McCarthy, the chief administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is set to testify before four committees at three hearings in both chambers of Congress this week to answer for her agency’s involvement in the Gold King Mine spill in August.

Three million gallons of mine waste were dumped into the Animas River in Colorado last month, causing a state of emergency, after an EPA contractor damaged a dam containing toxic sludge.

It is projected the aftermath of the spill could cost taxpayers over a billion dollars to clean up.

McCarthy will first appear before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Wednesday, where they will look at the impact the spill had on local communities. Later that day, she will be brought in front of the Committee on Indian Affairs, where she will be grilled on the damaging effects the catastrophe had on Indian country.

On Thursday, McCarthy will join Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to face both the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Natural Resources in a joint hearing to discuss the EPA’s response and involvement in the matter.

Last week, Rep. Paul Gosar was joined by 20 members in the House to call for the McCarthy’s impeachment.

The Arizona Republican accused the agency head of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” alleging she committed perjury by lying in previous congressional hearings.

“For far too long, Congress has allowed unelected bureaucrats and executive branch officials to slowly bend and break the laws of this country in order to further their own partisan political agendas,” Gosar said in a statement. “We have reached a breaking point where the American people have no faith in the fundamental checks and balances put in place by our founders to protect liberties and freedoms.”

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