Atlantic Richfield mining company stops delivering clean water to community near polluted mine site

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.

In detail, poisonous groundwater seeping since 2000 from a 90-million-gallon toxic stew of uranium, arsenic and other chemicals contaminated dozens of neighbours wells. The extent of the damage is still being investigated. According to tribal members interviewed by one of the news agency, the reason behind the companys new approach lies in a recent decision that releases the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from previous duties related to the sites cleanup and puts such responsibility in the hands of the state and the company.