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Commentary :: Environment
The worst nuclear accident in U.S. history: July 16, 1979, Navajo Reservation
18 Jul 2009
July 16th, 2009, marked the 30th anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history, when, at 5:00 A.M., 1100 tons of uranium mining tailings, and 100 million gallons of radioactive water burst through United Nuclear's earthen dam, into the Rio Puerco, at a uranium mine in Church Rock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Reservation. Today, the Navajo Nation remains under toxic siege, by coal mining, uranium mining, and coal-fired power, even though an EPA doc already suggests that the entire reservation is a Superfund site. The Navajo Tribal Council, in 2005, passed a uranium mining ban, the Diné Natural Resources Protection Act, and thus won a Nuclear Free Future Award, but the ban has been under pressure since the day it was passed, and uranium mining claims now surround the Navajo Reservation like an advancing army.
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Cross post from Examiner.com, http://tinyurl.com/nk4zqu.
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See also:
http://tinyurl.com/nk4zqu
http://www.examiner.com/x-8257-SF-Energy-Policy-Examiner

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