Abandoned Uranium Mines on Rural Navajo Nation Proposed for Superfund Listing

Chris Clements / KSJD
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This story was originally published by KSJD in Cortez, Colorado.

In northeastern Arizona, the Cove Chapter of the Navajo Nation and the Environmental Protection Agency held a meeting in May 2023 on the EPA’s proposal to add nearby uranium mines to its Superfund National Priorities List. 

“We’re heading out of the Cove Chapter House and heading up,” says Kenyon Larsen, a remedial project manager for the EPA.

He’s one of the people responsible for the agency’s remediation and clean-up of hazardous waste sites across the United States. 

The Lukachukai area uranium mines would be the first site in the Navajo Nation to be added to the Superfund list.

Local tribal officials say that waste from the mining area has contaminated groundwater and livestock in Cove and other nearby chapters.

A waste pile sits uncovered near a uranium mine shaft. (Photo by Chris Clements / KSJD)

On a clear morning in May, he and Cove Chapter President James Benally set out on an…

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2023-08-25 09:58:00 , "Lukachukai Arizona" – Vivrr Local

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