SANTA FE ― U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today on Wednesday’s toxic spill of mine waste that has reached the Animas River:
“The Animas River is a vital source of water to communities in San Juan County and this spill that has released heavy metals into the water is of great concern. The EPA must act swiftly and thoroughly to mitigate the effects of this spill.
“I am closely monitoring the situation and my office has been in close contact with EPA to see that the appropriate steps are being taken to protect the health and safety of impacted communities.
“It is essential that there is a full accounting of the causes of the accident. We must know who bears responsibility for this spill and see that steps are taken to ensure accountability, especially for the costs of fixing this and making those impacted whole.”