Arizona Republic via AP) By Associated Press Published: Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 at 10:25amUpdated: Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 at 1:46pm Navajo President Russell Begaye, left, and environmental activist Erin Brockovich visits San Juan River on Navajo Nation downstream from the Gold King Mine spill on Sept. 8, 2015, near Shiprock, N.M. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP)
SHIPROCK — Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, made famous from the Oscar-winning movie bearing her name, on Tuesday accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of lying about how much toxic wastewater spilled from a Colorado mine and fouled rivers in three Western states.
Her allegation came during a visit to the nation’s largest American Indian reservation, where she saw the damage and met with Navajo Nation leaders and farmers affected by last month’s spill, which was triggered by an EPA crew during excavation work.
Brockovich said she was shocked by the agency’s actions leading up to the release of waste tainted with heavy metals and its response afterward.
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