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The Navajo Nation’s environmental regulator said Wednesday that it has “grave concerns” that the Environmental Protection Agency’s investigation into a massive toxic spill last month represents a “strong conflict of interest” and is calling for the creation of an independent panel. An Aug. 5 spill in Colorado caused by an EPA contractor was the subject of a House Science, Space and Technology...

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The director of the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency has called on Congress to intervene in the tribe’s recovery from last month’s Gold King Mine spill. Navajo officials say the federal government has failed to provide adequate relief to residents and farmers. Navajo EPA director Donald Benn has requested federal money to examine possible long-term health effects of the 3-million-gallon toxic spill. He’s also called for...

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Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, made famous from the Oscar-winning movie bearing her name, visited the nation’s largest Native American reservation to see the damage caused by millions of gallons of wastewater that spilled from a Colorado mine. She met with Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye on Tuesday to hear about what he saw when he visited the mine in August, just days after a crew working for the U.S. Environmental...

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Celebrity environmental activist Erin Brockovich toured farms along the San Juan River and spoke at two Navajo Nation high schools Thursday, promising to bring national attention to the August 5 spill of 3 million gallons of mine wastewater into the Animas River upstream of the San Juan. Brockovich called on the federal government to build a water-testing lab for the Navajo Nation, to clean up the hundreds of abandoned mines above...

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The focus on a toxic mine spill that fouled rivers in three Western states shifts to Congress this week as lawmakers kick off a series of hearings into how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accidentally unleashed the deluge of poisoned water. Video shown at the hearing chronicles the spill as it occurred. 7NEWS showed the clip to Colorado School of Mines professor Ron Cohen.  He said a quick fix was impossible. “By the...

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The chairman of the House Science Committee said Wednesday the Environmental Protection Agency’s actions in causing a toxic mine spill that fouled rivers in three Western states were “inexcusable.” Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, vowed to hold the agency accountable for its “negligence” in causing the Aug. 5 spill near Silverton, Colorado, and for its “lack of transparency” afterward. The spill...

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