Thursday, April 18, 2013

Feds Have Long Way To Go To Clean Up Navajo Uranium Sites

The federal government is five years into cleaning up abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation. The Environmental Protection Agency met with Navajo leaders Tuesday to discuss the plan for the next five years. They still have a long way to go. The EPA has spent more than $50 million to assess, fence off, contain and start to clean up the 500 abandoned uranium mining claims. It’s torn down more than 30 homes and hogans and shut down three wells. Federal agencies have piped or trucked clean water to 5,000 people. Agencies are designing a containment cell to hold the waste that remains at the largest mine site. Nicole Moutoux of the EPA said more than 400 sites remain on the Navajo Nation with elevated levels of uranium...more

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