Mining companies eye new Navajo Nation projects

March 3, 2013 • State News

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — Uranium mining companies are showing signs of renewed interest in the Navajo Nation.

The Farmington Daily Times reports ( that several companies during the past year have addressed the tribe, begging for permission to once again mine the uranium-rich land that the tribe sits upon.

The history of uranium in the area, however, is proving an obstacle.

“As you can guess, there is opposition. There is a legacy issue. There’s no doubt about that,” said Albuquerque’s Mat Leuras, vice president of corporate development for Uranium Resources Inc.

In addition, several environmental studies have suggested that elevated levels of uranium in and around the mines caused health problems for the people working in and living around them.

The Navajo Nation sits on more than 70 million tons of naturally occurring Login to read more

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