Gold King Mine spill study group to discuss health screening results

The Daily Times staff
Karletta Chief, an assistant professor and extension specialist with the Department of Soil Water and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona, gives a presentation, Monday, Nov. 6 during a Gold King Mine Spill: Diné Exposure Project event at the Shiprock Chapter House.

FARMINGTON — The Gold King Mine Spill Diné Exposure Project will present the results of the health screening portion of the study, which focuses on the environmental and health impact from the August 2015 spill.

Last August, the Navajo Community Health Representatives program collected samples of drinking water, soil, dust, blood and urine from 60 homes in Upper Fruitland and Shiprock and in Aneth, Utah.

The samples were tested for lead and arsenic levels. The results will be shared in presentations in those communities.

The first presentation will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Upper Fruitland Chapter house.

The second presentation will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Shiprock Chapter house.

The final presentation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Aneth Chapter house.

There will be a question and answer session following each presentation.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Arizona, Tó Bei Nihi Dziil, Northern Arizona University, Diné College, Fort Lewis College and the Navajo Nation Community Health Representatives program.