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story.lead_photo.caption U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., speaks in front of the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, May 26, 2015. (AP / DANNY JOHNSTON )

Sen. Tom Cotton on Tuesday derided the Environmental Protection Agency as a "rogue agency" and said it should release in full all documents tied to the major spill this month of toxic wastewater from an inactive gold mine in Colorado.

The Associated Press reported that the EPA released some documents late Friday showing it was aware of the potential for such a disaster but had little by way of a plan to address it.

The spill sent some 3 million gallons of the toxic substance into a tributary of the Animas and San Juan rivers.

"I am deeply troubled by EPA’s continued lack of responsibility and integrity with its response to the disaster it caused in the Animas River," Cotton said in a statement Tuesday. "Rather than actually take responsibility, the EPA continues to hide behind its bureaucracy."

The wire service's story on the EPA documents noted that it was provided after "weeks of prodding from The Associated Press and other media organizations."

Cotton called that unacceptable and said the agency should "immediately release in full all documents" tied to the spill.

"Waiting weeks to release documents related to the spill late on a Friday night and subsequently redacting relevant information in those documents is absurd," he said in the statement. "If a private company acted like the EPA, it would likely be facing criminal charges — brought about by the EPA ... The American taxpayers deserve answers from this rogue agency.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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  • 3WorldState1
    August 25, 2015 at 10:05 a.m.

    Cotton finally said something right. "Rouge" agency is a little much.
    A blind hog...

  • mrcharles
    August 25, 2015 at 2:32 p.m.

    Everyone gets in an uproar when a little color is added to water. I mean how picky can you get, corporations do it all the time [ yes they are people] . Just as in LA when the smog happens and a little texture is added to the air some people gripe. What are we going to do outlaw Volcanoes?

    HE is right EPA hates America. I feel his pain over this matter when he is trying to help the people [corporations] get a pass when they make a little bitty mistake , if they ever do in the future. I am concerned though he is devoting time to this matter when Iran needs chastised by USA on behalf of Israel and Saudi Arabia, two of the most influential voting blocs here in the land of the free .

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    August 25, 2015 at 3:16 p.m.

    AND !!!
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  • carpenterretired
    August 25, 2015 at 7:04 p.m.

    Well after six months as a second lieutenant platoon leader in the Baghdad garrison the army put ranger Tom to burying dead guys in the ground at Arlington so Tom should know something about holes in the ground. In 2012 Tom said he was in charge of the dead guy burials at Arlington, but recall that some dead guys were buried in the wrong plots at Arlington or could not be found at all , now have all documents about these burials while Tom was in charge been released.

  • nwar
    August 25, 2015 at 7:22 p.m.

    I so wish Arkansans would take a close look at this guy. What has he ever done for you? Has he increased AR jobs? Has he put forth legislation that would raise wages? Has he done anything at all other than bang the drum for war and look for "gottcha" issues with the federal government to grandstand on and offering no solutions to anything? All he ever does is offer you things to anger you and offers nothing, nothing to help. Cotton is happy for Arkansans to be ignorant and blame their lot in life on immigrants, Muslims, liberals, you name it. But he will never say anything against his donors, the billionaires that want a desperate and complaint workforce and willing cannon fodder for their foreign interventions.