Background: Decades of improper disposal of uranium-mining wastes on the
Navajo Nation has resulted in adverse human and ecological health impacts as well as
socio-cultural problems. As the Navajo people become increasingly aware of the
contamination problems, there is a need to develop a risk-communication strategy to
properly inform tri... read morebal members of the extent and severity of the health risks. To be
most effective, this strategy needs to blend accepted risk-communication techniques
with Navajo perspectives such that the strategy can be used at the community level to
inform culturally- and toxicologically-relevant decisions about land and water use as
well as mine-waste remediation.
Keywords: Geographic Information Systems, Diné Network for Environmental
Health, Eastern Navajo Health Board, Churchrock Uranium Monitoring Project, Navajo
Tribal Utility Authority, National Ambient Air Quality Standard, Environmental
Protection Agency, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Navajo
Nation Department of Water Resources, Safe Drinking Water Act, Navajo Nation
Environmental Protection Agency, Maximum Contaminant Level, preliminary remediation
goals, Environmental Protection Agency, Total dissolved solids, Community
Environmental Health Worker.
deLemos, Jamie, Doug Brugge, Miranda Cajero, Mallery Downs,
John L. Durant, Christine M. George, Sarah Henio-Adeky, Teddy Nez, Thomas Manning,
Tommy Rock, Bess Seschillie, Chris Shuey, and Johnnye Lewis. "Development of risk
maps to minimize uranium exposures in the Navajo Churchrock mining district."
Environmental Health 8, no. 1 (12, 2009): 1-15.