The Navajo Environmental Protection Agency says it suspects a hemp operation in northwestern New Mexico has violated the Clean Water Act – enough to shut down the farming for which it is under investigation. Reports Hemp Industry Daily
But NEPA Director Oliver Whaley says his agency needs feedback from the U.S. EPA on how to proceed because the alleged violations are under federal oversight, the Navajo Times reported Thursday.
The Navajo Department of Justice in June sued a tribal member over allegations of an illegal hemp growing operation. In its lawsuit, Navajo authorities are asking for restraining order against Dineh Benally, Native American Agriculture Co. and Navajo Gold Co., and for the parties to cease hemp operations.