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UMTRA Program

Navajo UMTRA entered into Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to assist/participate in the remedial actions activities of four Navajo UMTRA sites pursuant to the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 (UMTRCA). These sites are located in Tuba City, AZ; Monument Valley, AZ; Mexican Hat, UT; and Shiprock, NM.

Navajo UMTRA provides oversight, monitoring and review of the remedial action work at these sites. BY 1994, all surface remediation which included disposal of residual radioactive materials and debris has been completed pursuant to US EPA cleanup standards and regulations. By 1999, subsurface remediation work commenced by completing site characterization, developing remedial action plans with conceptual models and designs, and monitoring ground water remediation activities at three sites: Mexican Hat site requires no further active ground water remediation.

EVENTS

May 4-5, 2018 - Shiprock Marathon, Shiprock, NM

May 24, 2018 - Dine Uranium Advisory commission open meeting - Blue Gap, AZ

June 1, 2018 - Navajo Nation Treaty Day 

June 20-22, 2018 - Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency Conference 

June 28, 2018 - Dine Uranium Advisory Commission open meeting - Churchrock, NM

NEWS

Lakewood uranium company gets federal OK to expand in Utah (Feb. 28)

https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2018/02/

28/lakewood-uranium-company-gets-federal-ok-to-expand.html

 

Navajo, Havasupai resist uranium mining (Feb. 27)

https://www.grandcanyonnews.com/news/2018/feb/

27/navajo-havasupai-resist-uranium-mining/

 

Amid Calls for a U.S. Uranium Mining Renewal, Recalling Its Toxic Past (Feb. 27)

https://undark.org/article/uranium-mining-toxic-legacy/

 

Before the US Approves New Uranium Mining, Consider Its Toxic Legacy (Feb. 24)

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/before-the-u-s-approves-new-uranium-mining-consider-its-toxic-legacy

 

Navajo President: Go To College, Then Bring That Knowledge Home (Feb. 18)

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/18/585876316/navajo-president-go-to-college-then-bring-that-knowledge-home

 

Researchers measure mixed metals mining contamination on Native Americans (Feb. 4)

https://www.abqjournal.com/1129580/researchers-to-measure-mixed-metals-mining-contamination-on-native-americans.html