Navajo Nation, powerful legal team mount battle against Obama’s warlike EPA
DENVER—The Navajo Nation is preparing their soon-to-be filed legal battle against President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their notorious Aug. 5 massive toxic waste spill. The tribe has hired law firm Hueston Hennigan LLP to represent them. Attorney John Hueston was the lead prosecutor in the 2006 case against former Enron executives, found guilty of fraud and conspiracy.
Free-market advocacy group Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:
“Not only does Obama’s EPA make BP look like role-models, his EPA makes the infamous Enron executives look like street thieves. What the EPA has done here is worse than horrible. Everyone’s eyes will be glued to this case because it is going to expose the EPA for what it is: a reckless, warlike arm of the lawless Obama Administration.”
The Navajo Nation says the EPA’s toxic spill into the Animas River leaked hazardous substances into the San Juan River. The San Juan River is one of the Navajo Nation’s primary water sources.
“This expansion into Navajo lands via the San Juan River has critically impacted the River and its dependent ecosystems including wildlife, fish populations, and the land base adjacent to the River,” Begaye wrote in a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), first obtained by The Hill. “The nature of this toxic chemical spill will acutely and chronically impact the River and dependent ecosystem if immediate and effective corrective actions and remedies are not taken.”
Despite promises from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver clean, fresh water to the Navajo Nation, they delivered nine large tanks of brown water with oil remnants. The Navajo Nation is already skeptical of the EPA’s response to the Gold King mine spill and has expressed their outrage over the lack of proper action by the EPA following the spill.
Internal documents released show managers at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were aware of a catastrophic “blowout” risk for over a year prior to the Animas River Spill. An internal investigation by the EPA found that an “insufficient” analysis of water pressure led to their spill.
Lawmakers from both parties have criticized the EPA’s communications throughout the scandal as “slow and overly cautious.” Leaders in both the House and Senate oversight committees are planning hearings after Congress returns from its August recess.