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EPA, Navajo Nation convene fourth annual summit to address uranium contamination

Release Date: 11/07/2011
Contact Information: Margot Perez-Sullivan, (415) 947-4149,

FARMINGTON– Tomorrow through Thursday six federal agencies, the Navajo Nation, congressional staff, academia, state, and local government representatives, community members and nongovernment organizations are meeting to address uranium contamination on the Navajo Nation. The workshop is the fourth annual gathering to assess progress under a five-year plan to address uranium contamination, requested by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The plan is the first comprehensive strategy to address uranium-related contamination issues throughout the Navajo Nation, which spans three states and is roughly the size of West Virginia.

The annual workshop is an opportunity for federal agencies to meet with local stakeholders to discuss progress and strategize the next steps for cleanup. Federal agencies in attendance include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Indian Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The conference is being held at the Best Western Inn & Suites, 700 Scott Avenue in Farmington and runs through Thursday November 10th. There is no charge to attend. Tomorrow morning kicks off the summit with a keynote address from Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld.

WHO: Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly
U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld

WHEN: Tuesday November 7 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Keynote address to begin promptly at 8:30)

WHERE: Best Western Inn & Suites, 700 Scott Avenue, Farmington, NM

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