The government Clean Air and Clean Water guardians followed up their toxic metal spill by delivering dirty, oily water to the Navajos.
Because of EPA negligence, a massive spill from a closed mine contaminated the Animas and San Juan Rivers. More than 3 million gallons of toxic metals poured into the river, turning it orange and then yellow as it flowed through Colorado and New Mexico into Utah far as Lake Powell, leaving the farmers and the Navajos without potable water for livestock and crops.
Not to worry! The EPA to the rescue!
The EPA contractor delivered nine tanks of water to the Navajos. The only problem was that it was in dirty and oily.
Navajo President Russell Begaye
Needless to say, the Navajos are not happy.
Navajo Nation president Russell Begaye ran a finger inside one of the nine water tanks delivered by the EPA contractor and it came up brown and oily.
“This is what they expect our animals to drink and to use this and pollute our farmland, our canals?” said Mr. Begaye in video posted Wednesday on his Facebook page.
“This is totally unacceptable. How can anybody give water from a tank like this that was clearly an oil tank and expect us to drink it, our animals to drink it? And to contaminate our soil with this?” said Mr. Begaye. “It’s just wrong. Clearly, it’s wrong.”
The EPA is investigating the massive spill and now they are also investigating the delivery of dirty, oily water.
The Navajos have been meeting with the local farmers.
“It was heartbreaking to hear farmer after farmer tell us they have said goodbye to their crops and made peace,” said Vice-President Jonathan Nez on his Facebook page..
The EPA said Thursday they will work closely with the Navajos to make sure there is a long-term monitoring plan for the San Juan River. They will also provide technical assistance in flushing irrigation ditches. I’m sure that’s reassuring.
The EPA gets away with all of this. Amazing.