Yellow Dirt

Sep 23, 2010

Whether it’s gold or coal, mining minerals strains the environment and can pose health risks to workers. What about mining uranium? A thick vein runs under Navajo lands near the four corners in the American southwest—where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet. From the 1930s to the present day, uranium extraction there has fueled weapons development and production, and often tribal leaders accepted the jobs mining presented but were never properly warned of the risks of all that yellow dust. Judy Pasternak joins Larry Mantle with the history of uranium mining in America.

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