MSNBC Tries to Blame ‘Locals,’ Not EPA, for River Pollution


<p><em>More in the <a href="…; target="_blank">cross-post</a> on the MRC&#39;s NewsBusters blog. </em></p>

<p>On MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts Monday afternoon, environmental reporter Tony Dokoupil described the Environmental Protection Agency causing three million gallons of toxic waste to spill into a Colorado river as <strong>&ldquo;good intentions leading to a bad outcome.&rdquo;</strong> He explained: &ldquo;This mine has been leaking sludge for a long time and EPA was on the scene in hopes of cleaning it up.&rdquo;</p>

<p>Moments later, Dokoupil seemed to suggest local citizens were really the ones to blame for the massive pollution:</p>

<p>...this is one mine, but in fact, there are dozens and maybe even hundreds of them in the area. <strong>And the EPA has been saying, &ldquo;We want to make this a Superfund site.&rdquo; Which means they want to dedicate a special amount of money to clean this really super toxic thing up. They haven&rsquo;t had the political support to get that done because locals, believe it or not, want more mining in the area, they want more development.</strong></p>

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