Uranium

Environmental Protection Agency

The Navajo Nation is set to receive over a billion dollars to clean up abandoned uranium mines on tribal land. The money comes after years of court battles with mining companies.

EPA To Inspect Acoma Pueblo For Radioactive Materials

Jun 5, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency says they'll be inspecting properties on Acoma Pueblo in western New Mexico for radioactive materials. The assessment is one of numerous being conducted in the southwest, and in Indian Country.

Since 2009, the EPA says they've been doing structural assessments of properties near former uranium mills and mines, including the Navajo Nation, Laguna Pueblo and now Acoma Pueblo.

On Thursday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will be hosting a public meeting about a proposed uranium deconversion plant near Hobbs, N.M.

In 2009, International Isotopes submitted an application to the NRC, which oversees the nation’s nuclear power plants and other nuclear facilities. At the proposed Fluorine Extraction Process and Depleted Uranium Deconversion Plant, depleted uranium hexafluoride will be “deconverted” into fluorine products for commercial sale.

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In the last decade the price of uranium has shot up. Some of the richest uranium deposits just happen to be on land surrounding a national treasure – the Grand Canyon. A ban on new claims is set to expire next month (December), but as Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Chaning America Desk, that doesn’t mean that it will.

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The Obama Administration released this week its plan to ban new uranium mining on land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park for 20 years. But this may not be the end of the battle. For the Fronteras Changing America Desk Laurel Morales reports from Flagstaff.

 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this week plans to clean up the largest and highest priority uranium mine on the Navajo Nation. Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.