Navajo Nation receives grant for uranium mine cleanup
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation has more money to clean up its abandoned uranium mines.
Thanks to a recent grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), remediation will begin at abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation. EPA's Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest, Alexis Strauss, said the agency is pleased to expand its partnership with the Navajo Nation through a new agreement to address the toxic legacy of abandoned uranium mines.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said he is pleased the Abandoned Mines Land program was provided a grant for $328,847 to assist the EPA in conducting cleanup work.
"Abandoned mines exist across the Navajo Nation and, in many cases, there is no evidence available to identify the companies that had originally mined these sites," he said. "I express my appreciation to EPA for assuming this responsibility and recognizing that these sites need to be cleaned up using federal dollars. We appreciate the funds as they address a critical detriment to the Navajo Nation."
Navajo AML is for a duration of 14 months - subsequent funding may become available in future years.
Navajo AML will assist EPA Region 9 with understanding all phases of remediation at the mine sites, providing logistical support, technical support and engineering expertise.
Navajo AML Department Manager Madeline Roanhorse said the Navajo AML is looking forward to the implementation of the new partnership and the positive impacts it will bring to the Navajo people and to the health and environmental issues with uranium mines across the Navajo Nation.