Navajo Nation Mourning, Pleading for Help After Toxic Mine Spill Contaminates Rivers

August 11, 2015 6:49 PM

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Navajo Nation Mourning, Pleading for Help After Toxic Mine Spill Contaminates Rivers

The Navajo Nation is mourning and pleading for help as clean storage water is depleting, after toxic spill from a mine has contaminated water flowing down the Animas River in Colorado into the San Juan River through Utah and New Mexico.

The spill happened Friday when a team of Environmental Protection Agency workers accidentally released 3 million gallons of wastewater containing heavy metals, including lead and arsenic, from the Gold King Mine in Silverton, Colorado, the agency said.

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