Navajos Voice Concern Over Plan To Transfer Uranium Waste

May 27, 2021

U.S. nuclear regulators are considering a proposal to transfer 1 million cubic yards of waste from a former uranium mine in western New Mexico to a mill site less than a mile away as part of a cleanup effort. 

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But indigenous activists and nuclear watchdogs say the proposal doesn’t go far enough in protecting the area and surrounding Navajo communities from more contamination. The deadline to comment on a draft environmental review of the proposal is Thursday. It will be up to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to make a final decision after considering the comments.