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 (http://bit.ly/ZzDgnh ) [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.