EPA Chief snubs Indians at House hearing on EPA-caused mine spill


EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is taking heat for refusing to powwow with officials from Navajo Nation at a congressional hearing on the massive mining spill caused by agency workers.

Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop tore into McCarthy for refusing to sit at the same table as the tribal members. “I understand Administrator McCarthy agreed to come only if she appeared first and on her own panel — refusing to sit alongside representatives of states and tribes that traveled across the country to discuss the disaster her agency unleashed in their backyard,” Bishop said during Wednesday’s hearing.

McCarthy appeared on her own panel that came before a second panel that included officials from the Navajo and Ute tribes, whose lands were impacted by the EPA-caused mine spill, along with state officials from Colorado and New Mexico.
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