PNM sends crews to Calif.

Ura­nium mines get study

Albuquerque Journal - - BUSINESS -

PNM is send­ing more than 20 line­men and six other sup­port staff to help re­store power in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia af­ter the deadly fires there, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

The staff will leave to­day to make the drive to­day and ex­pect to be­gin work Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

“This is some­thing that hap­pens through­out the com­mu­nity of line work,” said Zach John­son, op­er­a­tions man­ager for the Metro and North­ern New Mex­ico line de­part­ments. “When fires or weather cause dev­as­ta­tion like what we are see­ing in Cal­i­for­nia, util­i­ties from around the coun­try will gather and do what they can to as­sist in get­ting the power on safely and quickly to the cus­tomers in that area. We are all fam­ily, and fam­i­lies help each other.”

The crews ex­pect to be in Cal­i­for­nia for 10 to 14 days.

WIN­DOW ROCK, Ariz. — A Cal­i­for­nia com­pany has been awarded an $85 mil­lion con­tract to as­sess ura­nium con­tam­i­na­tion on the Navajo Na­tion.

The U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency an­nounced the con­tract Wed­nes­day to Te­tra Tech Inc.

The EPA says the com­pany will as­sess 30 aban­doned mines within the reser­va­tion’s Cove chap­ter.

Te­tra Tech will work with Navajo Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity in New Mex­ico to train Nava­jos to as­sess and clean up ura­nium waste. The con­tract is par­tially funded by a 2015 set­tle­ment for the cleanup of over 50 aban­doned ura­nium mines.

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