EPA Requests NSPE’s Input on Engineering Best Practices Report in Response to Mine Disaster

Date: 
Monday, April 25, 2016

In an April 13 letter to NSPE President Tim Austin, P.E., F.NSPE, the Environmental Protection Agency requested that NSPE review and provide input to a best practices report and checklist the agency is developing in response to the Gold King Mine disaster. Last year, a blowout at the Colorado mine resulted in the release of more than three million gallons of toxic wastewater that polluted rivers in three states. NSPE has played a leading role in the aftermath to minimize similar incidents and to require a licensed professional engineer in responsible charge of all federal engineering projects. NSPE contacted EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to offer NSPE’s expertise. This latest development is an important step forward as the public and federal stakeholders gain greater understanding of the value and necessity of the PE to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. NSPE will continue to report updates as this situation develops.