St. Louis Area Firm Named as Contractor Involved in Colorado River Spill

DURANGO, CO – A week after a 3-million gallon toxic waste spill fouled Colorado’s Animas River, the contractor involved at work at the site was identified as Environmental Restoration LLC, a firm based in Fenton, Missouri.

Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency said the company’s crews worked under the direction of the EPA in consultation with Colorado’s Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety.

The revelation came as the head of the EPA toured the river’s sludge-coated banks on Wednesday, as the Obama administration sought to limit the environmental and political damage from the spill.

Environmental Restoration LLC posted a statement on its website in response to inquiries from the Post-Dispatch and other media confirming it was “onsite at the time of the release from the Gold King Mine.”

The company’s statement said its contract with the EPA contains “specific language requiring ER’s confidentiality on all site matters.” It said the EPA was in charge of providing information on the spill and the information it had provided so far has been “factual.”

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