Before the EPA polluted the Animas River, a retired geologist revealed the agency was likely looking for an excuse to build a multi-million dollar water treatment plant in nearby Silverton, Colo.

The geologist, Dave Taylor, wrote a July 30 editorial that predicted the EPA’s plugging plan, which ultimately led to the Aug. 6 spill, would fail and the agency would likely use the failure to seek “superfunding.”

“The ‘grand experiment’ in my opinion will fail,” he wrote. “And guess what [EPA representative] Mr. Hestmark will say then? ‘Gee, Plan A didn’t work so I guess we will have to build a treatment plant at a cost to taxpayers of $100 million to $500 million…'”

Here’s the editorial in full as it appeared in the Silverton Standard & The Miner local newspaper, with thanks to Zero Hedge:

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“The letter detailed verbatim, how EPA officials would foul up the Animas River on purpose in order to secure superfund money,” the Gateway Pundit reported. “If the [nearby] Gold King mine was declared a superfund site it would essentially kill future development for the mining industry in the area.”

“The Obama EPA is vehemently opposed to mining and development.”

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