Hopi Tribe recommits to reducing arsenic in Arizona water
TUBA CITY, Ariz. – Federal officials said the Hopi Tribe has failed to meet a deadline to reduce arsenic in drinking water at the tribe’s cultural center.
The Hopi Tribe agreed to pay a $3,800 fine and told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it planned to finish a treatment system by early next year.
The tribe said it had set aside funding for the project and selected contractors.
The work is part of a 2016 agreement between the tribe and the EPA.
The Hopi Cultural Center east of Tuba City has supplied drinking water for 25 people on the reservation.
The EPA said a regional water pipeline also was in the works.
The agency said high levels of arsenic in drinking water can increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and neurological damage.
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