Navajo Nation Sues EPA Over Gold King Mine Spill

Law360, New York (August 16, 2016, 3:12 PM EDT) -- The Navajo Nation sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a handful of companies in New Mexico federal court on Tuesday over last year's Gold King Mine disaster, which spilled millions of gallons of waste into a river system that flows through the tribe's lands.

The disaster occurred last summer, when EPA workers assessing a leak at the Colorado mine destroyed a barrier holding back water contaminated with arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium and copper. More than 3 million gallons of “toxic acid mine waste” flowed into a tributary of the Animas River and continued downstream, eventually making its way into the...

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