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Navajo Nation: Cleaning Up Abandoned Uranium Mines

Cove Mines: Site Photographs

Photographs related to the abandoned uranium mine cleanup work near Cove, Arizona.

Photo Gallery of Abandoned Uranium Mines Cleanup Work

  • EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Secody Hubbard addresses Cove residents at a March 2016 community meeting.
  • Open mine entrance and adjacent mine waste pile at Cove Mesa 5 Open mine entrance and adjacent mine waste pile at Cove Mesa 5.
  • Members of the EPA sampling team get a water sample from the Cove Wash in March 2016.
  • The Environmental Resource Information Center is available to Cove residents next to the Chapter house.
  • Steep slope showing signs of water erosion leading up to a home October 2016- Before slope stabilization at the former Transfer Station 1 in the Cove Chapter on the Navajo Nation.
  • Steep slope no longer showing signs of water erosion. Instead berms in place and a large, stone filled channel for water goes up the slope leading to a home November 2016-EPA Region 9 completed construction activities to mitigate surface erosion at the former Transfer Station 1 located in the Cove Chapter on the Navajo Nation.
  • Worker with latex gloves placing water sample into a bottle April 2017- EPA contractor collecting a sediment sample in the Cove Wash.
  • Workers at base of a cliff extracting water from a pool April 2017- EPA contractor collecting sediment in the pooled area at a rock fall in Cove Wash drainage.
  • Four workers stand on banks of a creek, one taking water sample. April 2017-EPA contractor and Dine College interns collecting water and sediment samples in the Cove Wash.
  • Dine College intern taking grass sample June 2017- Dine College intern helping conduct wetland delineation in the Cove Wash by identifying plant species.
  • Dr. Block is pointing to the distance while two interns are carrying a tall pole. July 2017- EPA ecological risk assessor, Dr. Ned Black, instructing Dine College interns on how to assess the Cove Wash physical characteristics.
  • Steep cliffside with an open mine entrance July 2017-EPA Region 9 and the National Center for Radiation Field Operations performed a radon evaluation of an open adit at the Mesa V Mine Site located within the Cove Chapter on Navajo Nation.
  • Three workers prepping with breathing filtration gear. July 2017-EPA Region 9 and the National Center for Radiation Field Operations performed a radon evaluation of an open adit at the Mesa V Mine Site located within the Cove Chapter on Navajo Nation.
  • Workers with tape measure inspecting road that is more of a path on a steep rock hillside August 2017-EPA Region 9 assessing all the Tronox mines in the Cove and Red Valley area to determine the most assessable roads to conduct Removal Site Evaluations. 
  • September Field Work at Cove September 2017-EPA Region 9 continuing to assess all the Tronox abandoned uranium mines in the Cove and Red Valley area to determine the most assessable roads to conduct Removal Site Evaluations.
  • Tribal meeting room September 2017- A community meeting was held to provide an update on Tronox abandoned uranium mine progress and results of the Crop and Irrigation Study at Cove Chapter on Navajo Nation.