Navajo Nation to federal agency: Remove uranium contamination from former mill site

Culture April 26, 2022 Culture
Navajo Nation to federal agency: Remove uranium contamination from former mill site

From Farmington Daily News by Noel Lyn Smith

Members of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission visiting the Red Water Pond Road community on April 22 to evaluate United Nuclear Corporation's request to amend its cleanup plans literally got a taste of the problems community members say they cope with every day.

Windy conditions caused dust to blow into the shade house where the field meeting was held. Several residents told commissioners that the dust contained pollutants, and it was an example of conditions they have lived with for generations.

The mill site is known for the July 1979 spill that released approximately 94 million gallons of uranium and radioactive waste into the Rio Puerco, which travels through the area into Gallup then northeastern Arizona.

Photo by Noel Lyn Smith / The Daily Times

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