BIA to pay $136,000 penalty for water violations

KEAMS CANYON, Ariz. (AP) — One federal agency is penalizing another for water quality violations on the Hopi Reservation in northeastern Arizona.

The Environmental Protection Agency says the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs will pay a $136,000 penalty under a settlement.

According to the EPA, the BIA exceeded drinking water standards for arsenic and had inadequate monitoring but is now in compliance.

The violations involved the public water supply system at Keams Canyon.

A 2011 order by the EPA resulted in the BIA spending nearly $1 million to install and operate an arsenic treatment system. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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