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Navajo Nation, feds reach deal with company in uranium mine cleanup

KOB.com Web Staff
January 18, 2017 07:00 AM

A big danger on the Navajo Nation is going to get cleaned up.

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The Navajo Nation, along with the U.S. Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, has reached a deal with mining company Freeport-McMoRan to clean up 94 abandoned uranium mines.

The company will do the work and pay about half of the $600 million cost.

“This remarkable settlement will result in significant environmental restoration on Navajo lands and will help build a healthier future for the Navajo people,” Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden said in a Justice Department statement released Tuesday. “We appreciate the extraordinary commitment by Freeport’s affiliated subsidiaries to clean up 94 mines, and to achieve this settlement without litigation. The Justice Department is always ready to work cooperatively with the Navajo Nation and responsible private parties to address the legacy of uranium mining on Navajo lands.”

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