Published September 14, 2015
WASHINGTON — On August 5, 2015 a subcontractor working for the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released three million gallons of toxic waste into the Animus River at the Gold King Mine, near Durango, Colorado, which impacted the Southern Ute Tribe in Colorado and eventually the Navajo Nation after the waste moved into the San Juan River from the Animus River.
This Wednesday, September 16 at 2:15 pm – EDT, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on the “EPA’s Gold King Mine Disaster: Examining the Harmful Impacts to Indian Country.”
The hearing will provide an opportunity for committee members to demand answers from the EPA regarding the impact of the Gold King Mine disaster on Indian Country.
A committee oversight hearing on the “EPA’s Gold King Mine Disaster: Examining the Harmful Impacts to Indian Country.”
2:15 p.m. – EDT, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
628 Senate Dirksen Office Building, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
Live video and witness testimony will be provided at indian.senate.gov.
The Honorable Gina McCarthy
Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Russell Begaye
President, Navajo Nation, Window Rock, Arizona
The Honorable James “Mike” Olguin
Tribal Council Member, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Ignacio, Colorado
Mr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin
President, American Action Forum, Washington, D.C.
Dr. David Weindorf
Associate Dean for Research, Department of Plant & Soil Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Mr. Gilbert Harrison
Rancher & Irrigator, Navajo Nation, Gadii’ahi Chapter, New Mexico