Erin Brockovich tours Navajo Nation after mine waste spill

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — Environmental activist Erin Brockovich is touring the Navajo Nation to get a firsthand look at the damage caused by 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater that spilled from a Colorado mine.

She met with Navajo President Russell Begaye on Tuesday to hear what he saw when he visited the mine in August, just days after a crew working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unleashed the waste tainted with heavy metals.

Brockovich helped investigate a major case of groundwater contamination in California in the early 1990s that inspired the Oscar-winning movie “Erin Brockovich.”

She and Begaye will be meeting with farmers throughout the Navajo Nation to discuss the effects of the spill on irrigation. Brockovich called the spill a preventable environmental disaster.


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