The Radioactive Sins of Our Fathers

During the Cold War, private companies such as Tronox’s former parent company,Kerr-McGee Corp., operated uranium mines under U.S. government contracts, removing four million tons of ore that went into making nuclear weapons and fuel. When demand dried up with the end of the era, companies simply abandoned their mines as they were. …

The mines expose Navajo Nation residents to uranium through airborne dust and contaminated drinking water. Many residents’ homes were built using mud and rocks near mines, and some of that building material is radioactive.

Abandoned Uranium Mines: An ‘Overwhelming Problem’ in the Navajo Nation: Scientific American

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