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Luján Applauds EPA Plan to Cleanup Largest Abandoned Uranium Mine on Navajo Nation


The recent announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) about the approval to clean up the Northeast Church Rock Mine received praise from Congressman Ben Ray Luján.

“The legacy of uranium mining continues to be felt across the Navajo Nation to this day,” Congressman Luján said. “The EPA’s announcement is welcome news and a critical step in addressing the impact of uranium mining on our communities. The completion of this plan is the result of years of hard work by members of the Navajo Nation and the Red Water Pond Road community, and I look forward to the day when this land is restored.”

The mine that sits mostly on Navajo tribal trust land will undergo a series of removal actions to address the contamination of residential yards and lands of the Red Water Pond community according to the EPA website.

The largest mine on the Navajo Nation has been one of the highest priorities for the tribe and will undergo the removal of around 1.4 million tons of radium and uranium contaminated soil. The mine operated from 1967 to 1982.