RSE Phase II Trust
In 2016, the Navajo Nation entered into the Phase II Settlement Agreement with the United States of America which allows for Removal Site Evaluations at 30 abandoned uranium mine sites and 2 water studies on Navajo lands. Addendum 1 to this agreement established the funding and listed the first set of 13 mine sites situated in the Cameron and Coalmine Canyon Chapter area and 1 water study to be conducted at Claim 28 in the Blue Gap / Tachee Chapter area. This phase of investigative work will determine the extent of contamination levels in and around these affected sites. Phase II Removal Site Evaluation Trust has selected E&E, Inc. as the Environmental & Engineering Consultant to assist with this important work at sites near your communities.
The United States and the Navajo Nation entered into legal agreements (Phase 1 Settlement and the Phase 2 Settlement) that provide funds to investigate and cleanup 16 of the 46 “priority mines," investigate an additional 30 mines, and conduct two water studies at mines located on the Navajo Nation.
EPA and Navajo Nation EPA are evaluating whether there are chemical or radiological hazards that may pose a threat to community members or the environment at the 46 mines covered under both Settlement Agreements. The Navajo Nation Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation Program performed activities to address physical hazards at most of the mine sites in the 1990s. The Trust Settlement work is being conducted in phases and there are multiple Trustees administering the funds and performing the work under the oversight of USEPA and Navajo Nation EPA. All mines included in the Trust Settlement Agreements are “Orphan Mines” meaning no known viable potentially responsible party was found to exist.