Navajo Nation Is Suing the EPA over Colorado’s Mining Catastrophe*
The San Juan River is one of the most sacred and agriculturally important areas to the Navajo Nation. It’s also the site of a three-million-gallon toxic mine spill.
By Madeleine Thomas
Residue from the release of mining chemicals sits on rocks in the Animas River in Durango, Colorado.
This time last year, images of Colorado’s Animas River were going viral, leaving many mystified or downright disturbed by the waterway’s Willy Wonka-esque shade of golden orange. The culprit of the bizarre phenomenon: a slurry of mining chemicals which had burst from a sealed entryway to a defunct gold mine, the Gold King Mine, located upstream. The images were met with outrage: In the last year, there have been Congressional hearings and an ongoing criminal investigation into causes of the spill.
Just this week, the Navajo Nation filed its own lawsuit
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