Reckless EPA delivers dirty water to Navajo Nation

Reckless EPA delivers dirty water to Navajo Nation

DENVER— 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.

“Every new development of the EPA spill-story is worse than the last.The EPA is another reckless, incompetent government agency that needs to be punished for its bad behavior,” said Jonathan Lockwood, executive director of Advancing Colorado. “First the EPA spilled toxic waste into our water system, then was slow to respond, then their estimate on the magnitude of the spill was low – the true amount of waste was triple original estimates – and now they are continuing their pattern of disregard and harm to innocent people.”

“’The EPA told us that these tanks hold only clean water for drinking,’ said Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, told KOB-4. ‘Clearly it is just a lie. Clearly, it is an oil tank. That’s what it is.’”

Joe Ben, Jr., the Shiprock Farm Board representative told KOB-4 that the Navajo Nation needs immediate relief and Wednesday, “called for help from anyone with water-hauling capabilities.”

Ben said:

“Bring your trucks and trailers to haul water. Never mind the government; they are failing us.”

From the Washington Times:

“After days with little or no reaction to the Gold King Mine spill, some Democrats and green activists are scrambling to provide cover for the EPA by pointing fingers elsewhere and downplaying the magnitude of the blowout, which flooded the Animas River with 3 million gallons of toxic orange wastewater.”

The owner of the Colorado’s Gold King Mine says he tried to stop the EPA from, “gaining access to his property,” but that he, “relented after the agency threatened to pound him with ruinous fines if he refused.”

“We need to handcuff funding for the EPA so that we can constrain them and inflict budgetary pain to teach them a tough lesson to not spill toxic waste in our beautiful rivers and hurt innocent job creators, communities and individuals,” concluded Lockwood.

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