U.S. EPA gives Navajo Nation $3 million
WINDOW ROCK – Last week, the Navajo Nation Council Nabi committee passed legislation to accept a $3 million grant from the U.S. EPA to fix and demolish uranium contaminated homes on the reservation.
According to a press release from the speakers office, contaminated homes can be found a quarter mile from the abandoned mines. Lawmakers also questioned why it took so long to approve the grant by the budget and finance committee within the Navajo Nation.
Council Delegate Nelson Begay said, “this goes all the way back to 2012 and we’re finally approving it.” he said in the press release.The Navajo EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers will meet with families affected by the contamination to begin construction and cleaning phase of the clean up.
It was recently reported, Uranium mining companies have expressed an interest to mine uranium on the Navajo Nation, but tribal officials ban the mining process on the reservation back in 2005.