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Navajo president warns of uranium transports through tribal lands

President Buu Nygren warned that the new Pinyon Plain Mine established just a few miles south of the national park will transport radioactive materials through Navajo communities. 

The mine’s owner, Energy Fuels, said it started mining uranium last month. It sits within the newly designated Baaj Nwaavjo I’itah Kukveni national monument and is operating because it was grandfathered in. 

Nygren has warned that transporting uranium will occur through several Navajo communities in violation of tribal law.

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Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.