Thursday, May 7, 2015

Abandoned Uranium Mines Plague Navajo Nation

In the 1940s, surveyors discovered significant uranium deposits throughout the once worthless desert landscape of the reservation. Between 1944 and 1986, as the US government aimed to cut off all dependence on imported uranium, nearly 4 million tons of ore were extracted to fuel the Cold War nuclear arm's race. With the end of the war, the mining companies moved out. They were not required to clean up their mess and left behind the legacy of their extraction efforts, including mining waste and abandoned mines.

More:  http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30669-abandoned-uranium-mines-plague-navajo-nation#

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