PHOENIX (AP) – U.S. Sen. John McCain has called for a criminal investigation into what led to a massive spill of mine waste that polluted rivers in three Western states last summer.
McCain and the head of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs met with Navajo and Hopi tribal leaders and the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday to discuss the impact and aftermath of the 3 million gallon spill at Colorado’s abandoned Gold King Mine.
The EPA inadvertently triggered the spill while performing preliminary cleanup work.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said Friday during a Congressional hearing in Phoenix that the EPA has not done enough to compensate farmers who lost crops and livestock because of the spill and could face pollution problems for decades.
EPA officials admitted more could have been done to notify the Navajo Nation.