Grant to replace contaminated homes under review

March 13, 2013 • State News

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is moving toward accepting a $3 million federal grant to replace homes that were demolished because they were contaminated by radioactive uranium.

The Daily Times ( ) [auth] reports that the Navajo Nation Council is expected to pass legislation approving the grant now that it’s been reviewed by a tribal committee.

The money from the Environmental Protection Agency would pay for replacing nine homes located on different parts of the reservation located in the Four Corners region.

A Navajo Nation environmental protection official says contaminated homes are usually located near an abandoned mine. Contamination occurs when people use material from a mine to build a home.

The Navajo Nation was the site of extensive uranium mining for weapons during the Cold War.

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