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EPA announces plan for $100 million investment to treat uranium contamination

January 28, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced progress on a coordinated five-year federal investment of more than $100 million to address health risks posed by pervasive uranium contamination on the Navajo Nation, according to a press release.

EPA joined five other federal agencies in releasing a report outlining the results of their Five-Year Plan.

Since 2008, EPA has spent more than $50 million to clean up mines, provide safe drinking water and demolish and replace contaminated homes.

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In addition to federal funds, EPA has used the Superfund law to compel responsible parties to perform an additional $17 million in mine investigations and cleanups.

Over the past five years, EPA reduced the most urgent risks to Navajo residents by remediating 34 contaminated homes, providing safe drinking water to 1,825 families and performing stabilization or cleanup work at nine abandoned mines.

“This effort has been a great start to addressing the toxic legacy of uranium mining on Navajo lands,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “The work done to date would not have been possible without the partnership of the six federal agencies and the Navajo Nation’s EPA and Department of Justice.”

Read the entire press release here.

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