Red Water Pond Road is a Diné community affected by the Cold-War era legacy of uranium mining by the United States Federal Government and corporations. It is also the site of the largest uranium spill in history. Residents are still dealing with radioactive air emissions and water pollution while continuing to petition the Federal Government to remediate the affected land. Community members have developed strategies to protect their health and resources. One strategy is building a Peace Center that welcomes visitors from around the world who are similarly affected by uranium mining and other industrial extraction methods.
The Peace Center will be a meeting space, place of personal healing, and initiator for restorative processes.
“General Electric and United Nuclear Corporation are committed to continue to work cooperatively with the U.S. government, Navajo Nation, state of New Mexico and local residents to carry out interim cleanups and reach agreement on the remedy for the mine,” said Megan Parker, a spokeswoman for General Electric. (Frosch, Dan. Feb. 19, 2014. Amid Toxic Waste, a Navajo Village Could Lose Its Land. nytimes.com, Accessed Dec. 07, 2020.)
- The Washington Post: A radioactive legacy haunts this Navajo village, which fears a fractured future
- New Mexico Environmental Law Center: Red Water Pond Community Uranium Cleanup