The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency started accepting bids this week to assess and plan a $1 billion cleanup of abandoned uranium mines on Navajo reservations.
“This is only one element of a much larger project since 2008,” said Clancy Tenley, the EPA official who is directing the cleanup program in the Navajo Nation. “EPA and five other agencies have invested more than $100 million in cleaning up and assessing abandoned mines on the Navajo Nation.”
Out of the more than 500 abandoned mines in the region, tribal and federal officials have determined that these 46 mines are in the worst shape, according to the Arizona Republic.
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