WASHINGTON, DC, January 23, 2017 (ENS) – In one of the last actions of the Obama administration’s Justice Department, the United States and the Navajo Nation entered into a settlement agreement with two affiliated subsidiaries of Freeport-McMoRan, Inc, for the cleanup of 94 abandoned uranium mines on Navajo land.
Under the settlement, valued at over $600 million, Cyprus Amax Minerals Company and Western Nuclear, Inc., will perform the work and the United States will contribute about half of the costs.
The settlement terms are outlined in a proposed consent decree filed January 17 in federal court in Phoenix, Arizona.
With this settlement, funds are now committed to begin the cleanup process at over 200 abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation.
The work to be conducted is subject to oversight of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in collaboration with the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency.
“This remarkable settlement will result in significant environmental restoration on Navajo …