"EPA To Rebuild Uranium-Contaminated Navajo Homes"

"FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- The federal government plans to spend up to $3 million a year to demolish and rebuild uranium-contaminated structures across the Navajo Nation, where Cold War-era mining of the radioactive substance left a legacy of disease and death.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its Navajo counterpart are focusing on homes, sheds and other buildings within a half-mile to a mile from a significant mine or waste pile. They plan to assess 500 structures over five years and rebuild those that are too badly contaminated."

Felicia Fonseca reports for the Associated Press June 14, 2009.

Monday, June 15, 2009