Uranium Mines Dot Navajo Land, Neglected and Still Perilous

Joshua Lott for The New York Times

An abandoned uranium mine on the Navajo reservation in Cameron, Ariz., emits dangerous levels of radiation.

CAMERON, Ariz. — In the summer of 2010, a Navajo cattle rancher named Larry Gordy stumbled upon an abandoned uranium mine in the middle of his grazing land and figured he had better call in the feds. Engineers from the Environmental Protection Agency arrived a few months later, Geiger counters in hand, and found radioactivity levels that buried the needles on their equipment.

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