White Mesa, Utah Residents Worry about Uranium and Heavy Metal Water Contamination

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Article Courtesy of Emma Penrod | November 14th, 2016 | The Salt Lake Tribune | Published as Educational Material

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Concerns about possible water contamination have some residents of a remote Utah town, White Mesa considering relocation. Data suggest that an aquifer located below the White Mesa uranium mill contains multiple contaminants, but there’s disagreement about whether the pollution is related to natural hazards, or coming from the current mill or past mining and industry in southeastern Utah. The aquifer that underlies both the town and the White Mesa uranium mill is known to be contaminated with chloroform, nitrate, chloride, fluoride and multiple heavy metals, including uranium. Over the past seven years, samples from the monitoring wells surrounding the mill indicate that heavy metals concentrations are increasing and that the water is becoming increasingly acidic. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2sGTEcZ.

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