Tori Richards has worked for CBS News, Bloomberg, Reuters. Agence-France Presse, the NY Post, the NY Times and The Daily among others. Her work has also appeared on CNN.com, FoxNews.com and US News & World Report.

EPA withholds mine spill documents from Congress

By   /  August 25, 2015  /  Colorado, National, New Mexico, News, Texas, Utah  /  No Comments

Photo: Alexa Rogals/The Daily Times via AP

A congressional committee blasted the Environmental Protection Agency today for blocking release of documents related to the Gold King mine disaster, which poured deadly chemicals into the largest source of drinking water in the West. 
“It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the EPA failed to meet the House Science Committee’s reasonable deadline in turning over documents pertaining […]

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Houston U’s president cashes million-dollar paycheck, students struggle

By   /  August 25, 2015  /  National, Texas  /  No Comments

Photo: AP/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool

Students struggle over rising tuition at pricey, bottom-ranked University of Houston while its president makes $1.2 million per year.

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Another EPA disaster, this time in rural Georgia

By   /  August 20, 2015  /  Colorado, Energy and Environment, Georgia, National, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Dave Lewis

In Greensboro, Georgia, EPA-funded contractors grading a toxic 19th-century cotton mill site struck a water main, sending the deadly sediment into a nearby creek.

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Mine owner: EPA record of toxic dumping dates back to 2005

By   /  August 17, 2015  /  Colorado, Energy and Environment, National, New Mexico  /  No Comments

Photo from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA has a record of releasing toxic runoff from mines in two tiny Colorado towns that dates to 2005, a local mine owner claims.

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Months ago, Colorado town resisted EPA tests that caused toxic disaster

By   /  August 13, 2015  /  Arizona, Colorado, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, New Mexico  /  No Comments

People kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in water colored from a mine waste spill. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that a cleanup team was working with heavy equipment Wednesday to secure an entrance to the Gold King Mine. Workers instead released an estimated 1 million gallons of mine waste into Cement Creek, which flows into the Animas River. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

The EPA has been stalking the Colorado town of Silverton for years, despite local resistance.

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At the VA, Obama has his own ‘mission-accomplished’ fiasco

By   /  August 11, 2015  /  Arizona, Federal Government, Louisiana, National  /  No Comments

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: President Bush declaring the Iraq invasion over in May 2003. President Obama, at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, during a March 2015 visit to the local VA hospital, is having his own mission-accomplished nightmare.

Six months after Barack Obama toured the notorious Phoenix VA hospital declaring that “some progress” has been made, a congresswoman wants to know why a whistleblower remains suspended from his job for revealing that suicidal veterans were turned away from the facility.

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