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Plan to Clean Contaminated Uranium Mines Gets Longer Time Frame

April 15, 2020, 7:55 PM

A handful of federal agencies will complete a decade-spanning plan to decontaminate more than 500 abandoned uranium mines in the Navajo Nation by the end of 2020, the EPA announced Wednesday.

The Environmental Protection Agency has been working to clean up hundreds of abandoned uranium mines in the Navajo Nation through the Superfund program since the 1990s.

The EPA and other agencies—the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Energy Department, Indian Health Service, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—have been scheduling five-year remediation plans, but are now working on a 10-year plan.

As part of the 10-year plan, ...

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