EPA reports on plan to clean up uranium on Navajo - FOX 10 News | fox10phoenix.com

EPA reports on plan to clean up uranium on Navajo

Updated:

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has exceeded its goals in assessing structures on the Navajo Nation for uranium contamination.

The agency had planned to assess 500 homes, sheds and other structures over five years and replace those that were too badly contaminated. It ended up surveying nearly 880 structures.

The agency announced Thursday that it also had provided safe drinking water to 1,825 families and cleaned up contaminated soil from previous mining operations.

The EPA says more work needs to be done to reduce the hazards of uranium contamination on the vast reservation and to study the health impacts.

The agency says the challenges going forward will be to find suitable disposal sites and get those responsible for the mine waste to pay for cleanup.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices