Navajo AUM RSE Trust Phase II

The Trust

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.

Settlement Background:

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.

The Trustee

Derrith Watchman-Moore

Derrith Watchman-Moore of the community of Navajo, New Mexico, is the Trustee for the Phase II Removal Site Evaluation Trust. Her clan is Ts’ah yisk’idnii, and she is born for the To’ahni. Her maternal grandfathers are Ta’neeszahnii, and her paternal grandfathers are Tabaaha. She holds a master degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in microbiology.

In January of 2017, Ms. Watchman-Moore was selected by a panel consisiting of representatives from the Office of the President & Vice-President of the Navajo Nation, Navajo Environmental Protection Agency (Navajo EPA), United States Department of Justice, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to serve as the Trustee for an initial 3-year period. She has previously served as Chief of Staff to the Navajo Nation President, Executive Director of Navajo EPA, Regional Administrator for US Administrator for USEPA Region VIII.

She is Married to Henry Moore, a Navajo Police Captain, and together they raised 5 children in the Chuska Mountains of Crystal, New Mexico.

Trust Consultant

Since the inception of the USEPA Navajo Nation AUM Program, E&E has supported the development and implementation of assessment and removal approaches to address legacy abandoned uranium mine impacts. We look forward to continuing this important work with the Trust.
— Gerard A. Gallaher III, E&E President & CEO

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E&E History on Navajo

For more than 30 years and at over 400 locations, E & E has worked closely with the Navajo Nation EPA and USEPA Region 9 to investigate and clean up uranium-contaminated sites across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah that pose threats to humans, livestock, and environmental health.