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Klee Benally of the Navajo Nation at a 2016 protest outside the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, demanding cleanup of abandoned uranium mines. Even though mining stopped decades ago and was banned by the tribe in 2005, the fight to clean up the toxic sites has lingered.

The EPA said Thursday it will award contracts to three companies for the cleanup of some of the hundreds of abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation. Terms of the contracts require the companies to develop training programs “for Navajo individuals and businesses to promote professional growth” in areas related to the cleanup work. Read more»

The former Humboldt Smelter in the foreground and the former Iron King mine in the background make up one of nine toxic Superfund sites in Arizona on the EPA’s National Priorities List.

In the nine years since the former smelter near her house in Dewey-Humboldt was added to the EPA’s list of toxic Superfund sites, Rose Eitemiller said she’s seen some progress. But not much. Read more»

The East Washington Fluff site, at East Buckeye Road and South Fifth Street in Phoenix, was designated a state superfund site after the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality determined it was contaminated with levels of lead and other chemicals that exceeded the health standards of the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The site near downtown Phoenix was designated a state superfund site after the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality determined it was contaminated with levels of lead and other chemicals that exceeded the health standards of the state and the federal government. Read more»