INTERA Awarded Contract to Assess Abandoned Uranium Mines
INTERA has been awarded a 3-year contract by the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department's Mining and Minerals Division to assess over 35 abandoned uranium mines located throughout New Mexico on federal and private lands. Abandoned uranium mines left a legacy of radiological contamination throughout the state and the Mining and Minerals Division is collaborating with state, federal, and tribal agencies to catalogue, prioritize, and clean up these sites. "This project is a step forward to reduce public exposure to the health and safety hazards associated with abandoned uranium mines and to prevent harm to New Mexico's environment," stated Bill Brancard, Director of the Mining and Minerals Division. The abandoned uranium mines that will be addressed under INTERA's contract were part of the legacy of a uranium mining boom which took place during the 1940s, 50s and 60s before there were regulations requiring reclamation and clean-up.
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