Cal­i­for­nia firm to as­sess ura­nium con­tam­i­na­tion

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL & REGION -

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., head­quar­tered in Pasadena.

The EPA says the com­pany will as­sess 30 aban­doned mines within the reser­va­tion’s Cove chap­ter where ura­nium was ex­tracted for wartime weapons.

Te­tra Tech will work with Navajo Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­sity in New Mex­ico to train Nava­jos to as­sess and clean up ura­nium waste. The com­pany also will start an in­tern­ship pro­gram to give stu­dents tech­ni­cal work ex­pe­ri­ence.

The con­tract is par­tially funded by a 2015 set­tle­ment for the cleanup of over 50 aban­doned ura­nium mines. The set­tle­ment re­solved a le­gal bat­tle over a spinoff of Ker­rMcGee Corp., which once op­er­ated mines on the Navajo Na­tion.

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