No matter how many lives you screw up and how much damage you do.
The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it will not repay claims totaling more than $1.2 billion for economic damages from a mine waste spill the agency accidentally triggered in Colorado, saying the law prohibits it.
The EPA said the claims could be refiled in federal court, or Congress could authorize payments.
But attorneys for the EPA and the Justice Department concluded the EPA is barred from paying the claims because of sovereign immunity, which prohibits most lawsuits against the government.
"It's such a SURPRISE to us that our promises were lies! We never imagined!"
Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., expressed disbelief at the EPA’s decision,
saying the agency had promised to compensate the people who suffered.
news today is a complete departure from that commitment, and our
states, local governments, and tribes can rest assured that we will
continue to work to make the EPA accountable for the mess they have
made,” he said.
Fat friggin' chance.
And, don't forget,
The U.S. Attorney in Denver will not prosecute an Environmental Protection Agency employee involved in the Gold King Mine disaster, leaving it to the agency to determine administrative action against the employee.
Instead of a criminal prosecution, the EPA’s internal investigators
“will submit a report of an investigation to the agency that details the
findings of our investigation,” OIG spokesman Jeff Lagda said in
response to queries.
“The agency, not the OIG, will then determine what administrative
action they may take against the employee based on that report,” Lagda
said. “The EPA will have to report to the OIG what administrative action
the EPA will undertake.”
Which, put bluntly, is a big fucking joke. At worst he'll be pushed to take early retirement(with full benefits, of course); at least they'll transfer the idiot to another office where he can continue to enjoy his virtual immunity from being held responsible.
And we're supposed to trust ANY of these bastards. About anything...