Denounce EPA for Sending Contaminated Water to Navajo Nation

Target: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

Goal: Call out the EPA for allegedly sending poisoned water to replace the water source they poisoned months ago.

The EPA apparently sent the Navajo Nation water contaminated by oil and debris after the agency accidentally poisoned the entire river that this tribe relies on for farming, drinking, and bathing. The president of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico posted photos of the tanks containing the water sent by the EPA, one of which was marked with the words “filtered oil,” and another of oil residue on his finger.

This water was supposed to make up for the incident in which EPA agents somehow released a huge amount of poisoned waste water from the Gold King Mine, completely devastating the Animus River. The agency is now facing lawsuits due to the fact that the Navajo Nation can’t even water their crops or their livestock, let alone safely drink the tap water.

If it’s true that, as Navajo President Russell Begaye claims, the water tanks sent by the EPA after months of waiting were lined with oil residue, this is a total slap in the face to the people who have already been terrible wronged by the agency. There is absolutely no excuse for how the EPA has failed the Navajo Nation at every turn. Sign to denounce the agency and demand that it does everything possible to make things right.


Dear Administrator McCarthy,

You were recently accused of sending the Navajo Nation in New Mexico water in tanks that were lined with leftover oil residue that clearly contaminated said water. Photos have been posted of the oil wiped up by Navajo President Russell Begaye and the words “filtered oil” written on one of the tanks. This was apparently your way of making up for rendering the water from the Animus River completely useless after your agents released a flood of toxic waste water from the Gold King Mine last year.

It was embarrassing enough for the Environmental Protection Agency to accidentally poison an entire river, devastating wildlife and making it impossible for the Navajo Nation to irrigate its crops and water its livestock from this formerly trusted source. Now it seems that you’ve insulted these people by sending them water contaminated with oil.

You deny that this water is unusable, but the evidence against you is strong. You need to get your act together and immediately work to right this wrong. Don’t make the Navajo wait months for water again. If this keeps up, you may find yourself with no choice but to resign in disgrace.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Riverhugger

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