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  • Settlement provides $1B for uranium cleanup on Navajo Nation

    Navajo miners work at the Kerr McGee Corp. uranium mine at Cove, Ariz., on the Navajo reservation in 1953. Kerr-McGee abandoned uranium mine sites, leaving contaminated waste rock piles, in the Lukachukai mountains of Arizona and in the Ambrosia Lake area of New Mexico. Associated Press file photo

Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014 5:30 pm | Updated: 11:42 pm, Thu Apr 3, 2014.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — More than $1 billion is going to help clean up abandoned uranium mines that have left a legacy of disease and death on the Navajo Nation.

The money is part of a $5.15 billion settlement that the federal government reached with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for the cleanup of thousands of long-contaminated sites nationwide. The settlement announced Thursday resolves a legal battle over Tronox Inc., a 2005 spinoff of Kerr-McGee Corp. that Anadarko acquired in 2006.

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  • Andrew Lucero posted at 11:17 pm on Thu, Apr 3, 2014.

    Andrew Lucero Posts: 133

    Anyone want to take bets that only a very small fraction of that money will actually be used for clean up?

     

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