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CHURCH ROCK, N.M. — In this dusty corner of the Navajo reservation, where seven generations of families have been raised among the arroyos and mesas, Bertha Nez is facing the prospect of having to leave her land forever.
The uranium pollution is so bad that it is unsafe for people to live here long term, environmental officials say. Although the uranium mines that once pocked the hillsides were shut down decades ago, mounds of toxic waste are still piled atop the dirt, raising concerns about radioactive dust and runoff.
Between 2008 and 2012, federal agencies spent $100 million on the cleanup, according to the E.P.A.; an additional $17 million has been spent by energy companies determined to be responsible for some of the waste.
But the scope of the problem is worse than anyone had thought. The E.P.A. has said that it could take at least eight years to dispose of a huge pile of uranium mine waste that has sat near Red Water Pond Road since the 1980s — waste that must be removed before the area can finally be free of contamination.
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Oh dear. With all of their three letter agencies, all the records kept by the Feds, all of the approvals required in the first place, all that massive amount of paperwork.
Yet somehow, the Feds don't know who put these huge mounds of crap there. So, as usual, the taxpayer has to foot the bill after the multinationals have done raping the land.
their village represents only a small sliver of the larger Navajo nation, home to nearly 300,000 people