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FEMA Won't Help The Navajo Nation With Gold King Mine Spill Cleanup


The Federal Emergency Management Agency has rejected a plea from the Navajo Nation for assistance in dealing with the fallout from the August 5 Gold King Mine spill that sent more than three million gallons of toxic wastewater downstream into critical Navajo waterways.

In a letter containing almost no details or explanation, FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate informed Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye that the agency was denying his request because, Fugate wrote, “It has been determined that the vast majority of the response and recovery efforts for this event fall under the authorities of other federal agencies.”


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