Nevada Mining Company Cuts Off Water to Indigenous Community

RENO NV

Exclusive information has revealed that Atlantic Richfield, owner of the former Anaconda copper mine in Nevada, was suddenly halting the free home delivery of bottled water it has provided since 2004 to about 100 families from the Yerington Paiute Tribe who were affected by polluted effluents from the operation. According to tribal members, the reason behind the company’s new approach lies in a recent decision that releases the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from previous duties related to the site’s cleanup and puts such responsibility in the hands of the state and the company. The Yerington Paiute have been advocating for years to formally elevate the mine to priority status on a list of the most contaminated Superfund sites.

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