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US Sen. John McCain calls for criminal probe into mine spill

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain called for a criminal investigation into actions by the Environmental Protection Agency that led to a mine spill polluting rivers in three Western states last summer. During a congressional hearing on the issue in Phoenix, McCain said EPA officials knew about the potential for catastrophe and failed to do proper testing before inadvertently ...

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Navajo Nation committee hears irrigation concerns from chapter officials

FARMINGTON — Chapter officials reported to the Navajo Nation’s Resources and Development Committee Tuesday about the impact the closure of the San Juan River is having on agriculture. Water-use restrictions remain in place for the portion of the river that flows through the Nation. Tribal officials issued the restrictions after toxic wastewater from the Gold King Mine flowed into the ...

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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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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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Top EPA official observes water testing in Farmington

FARMINGTON — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Wednesday evening at an EPA field office in Farmington that the problems of Colorado’s Upper Animas Mining District extend far beyond the Gold King Mine. In a one-on-one interview, McCarthy told The Daily Times the mines that pockmark the mountains surrounding Silverton, Colo., leaking toxic waste into the Animas River ...

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