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Navajo Nation Files Lawsuit Over Gold King Mine Spill

(Photo courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency)
Gold King Mine.

The Navajo Nation filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday over a massive mine waste spill that tainted rivers in three western states last year.

The blowout sent wastewater containing arsenic, lead and other heavy metals into the Animas River.

The lawsuit was filed against seven defendants and tribal officials held a press event in Shiprock, New Mexico offer a few more details. KJZZ senior field correspondent Carrie Jung watched the conference.

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Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.