Case Work: Land

Red Water Pond Community Uranium Cleanup

LOCATION: Red Water Pond Community, NM
INITIATION DATE: September 2014
CLIENTS/PARTNERS: Red Water Pond Road Community Association
OPPOSING PARTIES: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
STATUS: Ongoing
ATTORNEYS: Eric Jantz, Jaimie Park


Red Water Pond Road Community is a Diné Settlement located between two abandoned Cold War-era uranium mines and a mill. 6″ of radioactive dirt in residents’ yards were scraped up and hauled away in 2007, but residents still deal with radioactive air emissions and water pollution. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refuses to relocate families to a safe location until their homes are made livable. NMELC represents members of the community in negotiations with the EPA, and in developing strategies to protect health and resources.


07/14/2018 – Annual Church Rock Tailings Spill Memorial Walk and Community Meeting. Read the story by Leah Cantor, a volunteer at the Law Center, who attended the event.
08/21/2017 – EPA budget cuts threaten to slow uranium cleanup at Navajo Nation – read the full article at