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Investigation: EPA, state underestimated spill potential


BILLINGS, Mont. —An internal government investigation has found that federal and state regulators underestimated the potential for a blowout from a Colorado mine.

The disclosure was contained in documents released Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Investigators concluded that EPA and state regulators underestimated how much water pressure had built up inside the inactive mine before a government cleanup crew triggered the release. The EPA previously offered only partial information on events leading up to the spill.


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