- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop says he wants answers on a 3-million-gallon mine waste spill accidently unleashed by an Environmental Protection Agency crew, and Congressional hearings on the disaster could begin in September.

The Utah Republican who chairs the House Committee on Natural Resources visited Lake Powell on Monday. He says that EPA officials from Washington, D.C. were slow to communicate with local officials about the spill that started at an abandoned mine in Colorado Aug. 5 and has affected at least three states.

While initial tests indicate the now-diluted plume doesn’t pose a hazard on the large reservoir that straddles the border of Utah and Arizona, that hasn’t yet been confirmed and long-term effects are still unknown.

Bishop says that if the EPA were a private company, people would have already lost their jobs over the disaster.

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