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Crews clean the contaminated North East Church Rock mine on the Navajo Nation in 2009. The cleanup was part of the EPA’s five-year plan meant to address the most significant issues surrounding abandoned uranium mines on Navajo lands. Photo/Environmental Protection Agency

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Feb. 11 three contract awards for cleanup efforts at more than 50 abandoned uranium mine sites on and around the Navajo Nation, including at least 10 sites in Arizona and others in New Mexico.

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