Uranium waste, long thought cleaned, remains a part of Durango properties

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Uranium waste, long thought cleaned, remains a part of Durango properties

Radioactive material used for roads, foundations, landscaping in mid-1900s
In the 1940s, the U.S. government built a mill on the northeast side of Smelter Mountain to reprocess uranium tailings. It was once a common practice to use the waste byproduct of uranium tailings as construction material. But as the dangers of the waste became better understood, massive cleanup efforts across the West have been required.

Uranium waste, long thought cleaned, remains a part of Durango properties

In the 1940s, the U.S. government built a mill on the northeast side of Smelter Mountain to reprocess uranium tailings. It was once a common practice to use the waste byproduct of uranium tailings as construction material. But as the dangers of the waste became better understood, massive cleanup efforts across the West have been required.
Are you concerned that more than 100 properties around Durango are believed to contain radioactive uranium waste once used for construction of homes, buildings and roads?
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