Uranium

KNAU/Melissa Sevigny

More wells are needed to measure uranium plumes in a major aquifer in western New Mexico, state environmental officials said.

Ryan Heinsius / KNAU

Sexual harassment, retaliation, buckets of uranium ore … It sounds like the makings of an action-packed thriller, but in reality it describes some of what’s been going on inside Grand Canyon National Park the last few years. Flagstaff journalist and author Annette McGivney recently published a story about it all in Outside magazine. In it she links decades of employee tension, management disfunction, a federal investigation, and the ousting of a Grand Canyon superintendent. She spoke with KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius about the article and the difficulties of going after a story with anonymous sources.


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The uranium industry is urging the Trump administration to require U.S. nuclear power plants buy more locally produced uranium. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the White House has now extended the deadline for a working group to submit its report on the issue. 


Research Finds Uranium In Navajo Women, Babies

Oct 8, 2019
KNAU/Melissa Sevigny

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — About a quarter of Navajo women and some infants who were part of a federally funded study on uranium exposure had high levels of the radioactive metal in their systems, decades after mining for Cold War weaponry ended on their reservation, a U.S. health official Monday.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a Navajo-owned company a contract to control erosion at an abandoned uranium mine on the reservation. It’s part of a larger cleanup effort of hundreds of sites on the tribe’s land. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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