Top Senate Republicans want Attorney General Loretta Lynch to explain why she won’t prosecute EPA officials over the Gold King Mine disaster in Colorado.
Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and John McCain, R-Ariz., wrote in a letter to Lynch and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy that Lynch’s decision to forgo prosecution of EPA officials for the August 2015 toxic mine spill is “unacceptable” and they want Lynch to provide a briefing explaining the decision by Oct. 28.
Barrasso is chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and McCain is a top member on the panel.
“This decision shows that the federal government is not interested in holding itself to the same level of accountability to which it holds private companies when their negligence causes serious environmental damage and major economic harm,” Barrasso and McCain said in the letter.