EPA spending $6M to clean up Navajo Nation uranium site

The Environmental Protection Agency is spending $6 million on an "emergency" cleanup of uranium at a site on the Navajo Nation.

The EPA found 80 hotspots at the three-acre site in Utah where Elsie Mae Begay, 72, and her family have lived for generations. The radiation level inside one hogan was 80 times higher than acceptable limits.

"I hear the trucks," Begay told The Salt Lake Tribune of the work the EPA is undertaking. "When they start cleaning up, it's OK for us."

The EPA plans to spend $82 million to address uranium issues across the reservation.

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Uranium cleanup under way on Navajo land (The Salt Lake Tribune 5/25)

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