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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson took the EPA to task for the toxic spill that affected rivers and drinking water across much of the Southwest. "Under my administration  I would  bring in people who understand the Constitution," he said. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald/Associated Press)

Carson says EPA will run better under his presidency

The EPA's massive toxic spill triggered fallout Tuesday from Republicans as presidential hopeful Ben Carson visited the site, and a key congressman disclosed that at least two House committees are planning to investigate the incident. Published August 18, 2015

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 30, 2015, file photo, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., smiles before announcing her plans to seek a second term in Manchester, N.H. With negotiations on the state budget likely stalled until the fall, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan's political future remains in a holding pattern. National Democrats hope to recruit her to run for U.S. Senate against Ayotte. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Embattled Planned Parenthood targets GOP senators with ads

Planned Parenthood moved to punish its enemies Tuesday with ads that say nothing about recent allegations of wrongdoing stemming from its fetal-tissue donations from abortions, but instead target vulnerable Republican senators. Published August 18, 2015

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Tuesday she was "deeply sorry" for her agency's wastewater spill from Colorado's Gold King Mine. (Associated Press)

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy 'deeply sorry' for wastewater spill

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy broke her silence Tuesday on the agency's wastewater spill from Colorado's Gold King Mine by saying she was "deeply sorry," but that wasn't enough to stave off a demand for congressional oversight into the accident and the agency's fumbled reaction. Published August 11, 2015

About 1 million gallons of wastewater from Colorado's Gold King Mine began spilling into the Animas River on Wednesday when a cleanup crew supervised by the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally breached a debris dam inside the mine. (Associated Press)

River users want EPA to be held accountable for its own toxic spill

The EPA is known for its hard line on environmental offenders, but its own accountability is being challenged after its agents unleashed a disastrous toxic spill threatening water supplies in four Western states and two Indian reservations. Published August 9, 2015