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As Uranium Cleanup Continues, What's Next For The Navajo Nation's Red Water Pond Road Community?

Uranium mining waste continues to cause upheaval in the village of Red Water Pond Road in the southeast corner of the Navajo Nation.

The pollution — so impactful that the village sits in the midst of a Superfund site — has caused the relocation of some residents. The Environmental Protection Agency is working to remove radioactive waste, but it’s going to take at least seven years.

Eric Jantz, interim executive director of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, talked about what could be next for the village and the people who live there.

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