September 20, 2016
The Animas River ran yellow with toxin-tainted wastewater that was accidentally released from the abandoned Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado, in August 2015. The EPA has declared the area a Superfund site. Photo/Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department via Reuters
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SHIPROCK, New Mexico — Last month, as the Obama administration temporarily halted construction of the Dakota Access pipeline due to concerns of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, another water-related human tragedy continued to unfold within the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico.
WASHINGTON — Environmental and tribal activists welcomed the government’s announcement Sept. 7 that it had designated the Gold King Mine a Superfund site, advancing the cleanup of an area contaminated by a multimillion-gallon toxic spill last year.