Tag Archives: Church Rock

New push on to expand nuclear radiation compensation via The Santa Fe New Mexican

By Susan Montoya Bryan ALBUQUERQUE — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is renewing a push to expand a U.S. compensation program for people who were exposed to radiation following uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War. … Continue reading

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The Biggest Radioactive Spill in US History via Vox

How the US poisoned Navajo Nation. As World War Two was ending, the growing nuclear arms race put the US in need of uranium. It turned to Navajo Nation, where the uranium mining industry thrived for four decades — but … Continue reading

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Uranium Industry’s COVID-19 Bailout Request Sparks a Disgusted Pushback via Phoenix New Times

ELIZABETH WHITMAN  […] One July morning in 1979, a dam containing tailings from United Nuclear Corporation’s uranium mill some 200 miles away broke, letting loose more than 1,000 tons of waste. Ninety-four million gallons of radioactive water gushed into the Puerco River, which … Continue reading

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Church Rock, America’s Forgotten Nuclear Disaster, Is Still Poisoning Navajo Lands 40 Years Later via Vice

Residents say they’ve been ignored even as the struggle with contaminated water and worry about having children. By Samuel Gilbert; photos by Ramsay de Give Early in the summer of 1979, Larry King, an underground surveyor at the United Nuclear Corporation’s Church … Continue reading

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The 90 Million Gallon Nuclear Tragedy That Nobody Knows About via Beyond Nuclear International

By Linda Pentz Gunter On July 16, 1979,  the worst accidental release of radioactive waste in U.S. history happened at the Church Rock uranium mine and mill site. While the Three Mile Island accident (that same year) is well known, the … Continue reading

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