ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico’s congressional delegation has concerns with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over delays in compensation for expenses and damages caused by Gold King Mine spill.
The delegation’s five members said Monday they signed on to a letter sent to the EPA.
They’re asking the agency to process reimbursement claims submitted by the state and the Navajo Nation and to set up a claims office to begin processing compensation for victims.
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The lawmakers also want EPA to approve a long-term water monitoring plan that’s acceptable to state regulators.
They’re pushing for the cleanup of water and soil contaminated by the August 2015 spill in southwestern Colorado that fouled rivers in three western states. They suggest that spring runoff could stir up heavy metals in the Animas and San Juan rivers.
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