Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Uranium cleanup begins in San Juan County

On top of Oljato Mesa, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to remove the poisonous uranium--a $6 million cleanup.The agency, undertaking the "emergency cleanup" as an interim solution until the Navajo Nation decides on a permanent one, has a half-century of local distrust to deal with along with the practical challenges of eliminating the uranium hazard. The current work is part of EPA’s plan to address uranium problems all over the Navajo Nation . About $22 million is dedicated to building alternative water systems. Another $60 million over five years will go toward identifying and dealing with contaminated homes and mine sites. Salt Lake Tribune