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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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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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EPA officials promise analysis of river contamination today

FARMINGTON — EPA officials offered little new information Tuesday afternoon on pollution levels in the Animas River after agency workers accidentally released an estimated 3 million gallons of mine wastewater contaminated with heavy metals into the river a week ago. Also on Tuesday, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a declaration late in the evening allowing the tribe to seek ...

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Navajos to sue EPA over cleanup

The president of the Navajo Nation said Sunday that he intends to sue for “every dollar it spends cleaning up this mess” after Environmental Protection Agency employees accidentally released at least 3 million gallons of wastewater, including potentially harmful metals, into a river that breached the sovereign nation’s borders this weekend. The orange plume of wastewater, which slowly crawled down ...

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