DENVER – The Environmental Protection Agency will not reimburse the claims total more than $1.2 billion for the economic damage of a mine waste spilling from the agency for accident causes in Colorado, say that the law prohibits.
The EPA said Friday the claims to be re-filed in federal court, or Congress could authorize payments.
But the government lawyers, concluded the EPA is excluded from the payment of the claims because of sovereign immunity, which prohibits most lawsuits against the government.
An official announcement is planned later Friday. The Associated Press was provided contours of the decision in advance.
The 2015 spill that released 3 million gallons of waste water in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah rivers.
Submission of claims is included, farmers, rafting companies and their employees who lost income and wages, while the rivers were unusable for irrigation, livestock and recreation.
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