Navajo could see funding for uranium cleanup

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Navajo Nation officials estimate the tribe could receive a minimum $1 billion award for cleanup of uranium-contaminated sites as the result of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court ruling.

Kerr-McGee Corp. operated uranium mines and a mill on the reservation. Kerr McGee spun off a paint materials company in 2005, before being purchased by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. a year later.

Judge Allen Gropper said Anadarko may be liable for between $5 billion and $14 billion in a legal battle over the spinoff. Gropper has ordered the parties to submit more briefing materials on exact damages.

Anadarko has said it will challenge the ruling.

Navajo Attorney General Harrison Tsosie (so-SEE') says at least $1 billion could be available for the cleanup of sites that Kerr-McGee had abandoned in Cove, Ariz., and Shiprock, N.M.

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