A radioactive legacy on Native American land

Posted: August 24, 2013 by earthfirstdurango in environmental racism, mining, uranium, water
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From Al Jazeera, by The Stream Team:

The vast reserves of uranium under Navajo Land have shaped the experiences of generations of Navajo, from the miners who were first employed to extract and refine the yellow ore to the families who still live with radioactive waste sites in their backyards. Approximately four million tons of uranium ore were extracted on Navajo Land between 1944 and 1986, and the Navajo people are still paying a steep price.

The Navajo Nation spans the Four Corners area, where the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado meet. When the US Atomic Energy Commission announced in 1948 that it would buy all uranium mined in the country, private corporations set up thousands of mines on Navajo Land.

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