Navajo Nation Files Suit Against the U.S. EPA


One year after an unprecedented spill from the Gold King Mine dumped 880,000 pounds of metals into the waterway coursing through Navajo lands, Hueston Hennigan has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. EPA, its contractors, and various mining companies and operators on behalf of the Navajo Nation.

Although the EPA immediately took responsibility for the release of toxic acid mine waste that turned the Animas River neon yellow last August, the complaint alleges that the agency and other responsible parties acted improperly in causing the blowout, have failed to properly manage the consequences of the disaster, failed to take preventive measures to avoid the disaster, have failed to safeguard the health of the Navajo people, and have failed to adequately compensate the victims of the Gold King Mine spill.

The Hueston Hennigan team is comprised of John Hueston, Moez Kaba, Andrew Walsh and Kasey Mitchell.

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