Lujan On Mine Spill: ‘EPA Caused This Mess And They Must Take Full Responsibility To Clean It’

The normally ‘crystal clear’ Animas River today in Aztec following Wednesday’s EPA mine spill. Photo by Randy Foster


The Animas River today in Aztec following Wednesday’s EPA mine spill. Photo by Randy Foster



FARMINGTON – U.S. Rep Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today after participating in a public meeting in Farmington with federal, state, and local officials and members of the community to provide information on the Gold King Mine spill that has impacted the Animas River.

“Today’s meeting made it clear that there must be better communication from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Many in the impacted communities continue to have serious questions that have yet to be answered.

“It is essential that lab results regarding the metals in the river are disclosed as soon as possible. In addition, steps must be taken immediately to initiate a plan that provides water to those whose wells have been affected, farmers whose crops are not being irrigated, ranchers whose livestock are without water, and people for drinking, cooking, and showering.  

“I have conveyed these serious concerns to EPA’s regional administrators and requested a toll free number for New Mexico residents to get answers to their questions. I will continue to push EPA to move quickly to help San Juan County and the Navajo Nation in the days to come, and will engage the agency to make sure there is accountability for the long-term effects, including the economic impact, of this spill. The EPA caused this mess and they must take full responsibility to clean it and make whole the people who have been impacted.”

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