Kate Ferlic is representing 295 Navajo Nation ranchers and farmers suing the Environmental Protective Agency over the 2015 Gold King Mine spill that released over 3 million gallons of toxic waste water and 352 tons of heavy metals into the Animas and San Juan Rivers. The Navajo Nation members were severely economically impacted due to the contaminated water. Farmers’ suffered widespread crop loss and ranchers were forced to sell livestock at a loss. The Navajo Nation farmers and ranchers are asking for $75 million due to the extreme impact the environmental disaster had on their land.
In 2015 the EPA accepted responsibility for the mine spill, but those directly impacted have not been compensated financially. Ferlic told the Albuquerque Journal, “The EPA does keep promising that the claims will be evaluated, but they continue not to evaluate the claims. I think that the principle ‘justice delayed is justice denied’ is relevant here.”
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