Abandoned Uranium Mines

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I was really shocked when I began researching the topic of abandoned uranium mines. I knew there were health implications for those that lived near these mines, but I had no idea what the Navajo miners and their families went through. The issues that surprised me the most were how the miners were treated during the mining, how they are being compensated now, and how long it is going to take to clean up these abandoned mines. I also was quite surprised by the run-around I received when attempting to research this topic. Navajo miners were thankful for the mining jobs offered to them even though they were often paid below minimum wage and worked in horrendous conditions. The Navajo people trusted their bosses who were very often absent. Miners walked or took their horse or wagon to get to the mines, then they worked long hours without ventilation or protective equipment. They had no idea that working in the mines was associated with long-term health hazards. In fact, the Navajo people didn’t even have a word for radiation. Today they use the word Chlodonatzeeyee to describe the cancer that eats away at their bodies. The word literally translates to “No medicine or method will ever cure that disease.” In the 1980’s many cases against the mining companies were thrown out based on the companies’ argument that workers were covered by workers’ compensation, which precludes lawsuits against the employer for occupational health or illness. Ironically, many miners with illnesses were either denied claims or never filed a claim. This has allowed mining companies to avoid liability. Finally the government stepped in to grant some compensation to the miners, but I hardly think that $100,000 is enough to cover what the Navajo people went through. To top it off, some of the miners are still denied this…...

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