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Navajo Nation confiscates water tanks after mine spill

FARMINGTON — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye on Wednesday ordered tribal police to confiscate water tanks delivered to Shiprock that were intended to hold water that residents could use to irrigate crops and water livestock. Tribal officials were concerned about what they said was contamination in the tanks. The tanks were needed after more than 3 million gallons of toxic ...

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Gov. Susana Martinez says NMED will review EPA response to spill

FARMINGTON — Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that the New Mexico Environment Department will investigate the Gold King Mine spill that released more than 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into the Animas and San Juan rivers earlier this month. The investigation will examine the spill’s cause and the response from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which accepted responsibility for ...

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Review of spill damage urged

SANTA FE — Five state lawmakers are urging members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation to pursue federal legislation that would mandate an independent review of the damage caused by 3 million gallons of mine waste spilling into a tributary of the Animas River and possibly provide financial compensation for affected communities and individuals. In a letter sent Tuesday, the five ...

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Organizations continue accepting donations in response to the mine spill


FARMINGTON — Regional organizations are continuing to accept donations to help individuals impacted by the restrictions placed on the use of the Animas and San Juan rivers. Both rivers were contaminated after more than 3 million gallons of toxic mine waste was released from the Gold King Mine in Colorado on Aug. 5. Linda Mickey, executive director of San Juan ...

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Top 5 stories of the week

Here were the top five stories for the week of August 9-14. Thank you for reading and enjoy the scorching weekend! 5. EPA says 3 million gallons of contaminated water released into Animas River Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday that the Gold King Mine discharged an estimated 3 million gallons of contaminated water, three times the previous ...

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Navajo Nation president urges residents not to use EPA form for claims

SHIPROCK— Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has warned tribal residents to avoid using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s form for claims of damage or injury as a result of the Gold King Mine spill. In the president’s Wednesday directive Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch advised that the federal form “contains offending language that will waive future claims for individuals ...

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Mine waste has fouled the Animas River several times over the years

FARMINGTON — In 1978, after a mine shaft beneath a high-altitude lake north of Silverton, Colo., collapsed releasing millions of gallons of sediment-laden water that found its way into the Animas River, neither federal nor state officials in Colorado notified New Mexico of the incident. Afterward, a Colorado Department of Health official vowed that never again would New Mexico officials ...

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NMED test show little change in rivers’ pH levels after Gold King Mine spill

FARMINGTON — A plume of toxic mine waste that passed through San Juan County this weekend caused little to no change in the Animas and San Juan rivers’ pH levels, according to results the New Mexico Environment Department’s Water Quality Bureau released today. Before the plume arrived in Farmington, the bureau collected baseline data from three locations — two on ...

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