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Navajo Water Supply is More Horrific Than Flint, But No One Cares Because They’re Native American

In 2015 the Gold King Mine spill was a wake-up call to address dangers of abandoned mines, but there are currently more than 15,000 toxic uranium mines that remain abandoned throughout the US,” said Charmaine White Face from the South Dakota based organization Defenders of the Black Hills. “For more than 50 years, many of these hazardous sites have been contaminating the land, air, water, and national monuments such as Mt. Rushmore and the Grand Canyon. Each one of these thousands of abandoned uranium mines is a potential Gold King mine disaster with the greater added threat of radioactive pollution. For the sake of our health, air, land, and water, we can’t let that happen.

 

There is no comprehensive law requiring cleanup of abandoned uranium mines, meaning corporations and government can walk away from them after exploiting their resources. 75 percent of abandoned uranium mines are on federal and Tribal lands.

Leona Morgan of Diné No Nukes points out one example: “The United Nuclear Corporation mill tailings spill of 1979, north of Churchrock, New Mexico left an immense amount of radioactive contamination that down-streamers, today, are currently receiving in their drinking water. A mostly-Navajo community in Sanders, Arizona has been exposed to twice the legal limit allowable for uranium through their tap.

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3 thoughts on “Navajo Water Supply is More Horrific Than Flint, But No One Cares Because They’re Native American”

  1. This took place in our neighborhood. Tucson, AZ close to a company that would take daily water and dumping it on our grounds where there would be no homes, but still added up and got into the wells water. But because we were the lower income area it was ignored for years until it had to go to court.

  2. What the hell is wrong with these money hungry fools in DC!!! This is inexcusable! Depopulate the Americans! Can you not contact someone that can investigate and take the water to Washington and see if they risk drinking this crap! Sorry for the language.

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