House GOP takes aim at EPA toxic spill in suite of bills


House Republicans introduced a suite of bills Thursday aiming to prevent another toxic spill like the one caused by the Environmental Protection Agency in August that sullied the waterways of three states.

Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, R-Utah, said the legislation is not an "anti-EPA bill," but it is an acknowledgement that the agency "cannot handle" the task of cleaning up abandoned mines without the risk of major incident.

The spill resulted in 3 million gallons of toxic sludge spilling into the Animas River from the Gold King Mine in Colorado.

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