by Jose M Cerrato, Ph.D, Chris Shuey, MPH, Triva Shirley, Community Member, Paul Robinson, Research Director, and Seraphina Nez, Community Member

Blue Gap, AZ – The Southwest Research and Information Center and University of New Mexico Civil Engineering Department reported their findings of the presence of dangerous heavy metals in soil and water samplings in the Tachee – Blue Gap community.

The Blue Gap community organized a group of concerned citizens: Tachee  Uranium Concerns Committee/Blue Gap-Tachee Chapter to better understand how metals mixtures at abandoned uranium mine waste sites alter the movement of metals in the environment and also impact health, specifically immune function, DNA damage and repair, and cardiovascular disease in tribal populations.

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Research Partners and Collaborators:  University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy (Johnnye Lewis, Ph.D., and Matthew Campen, Ph.D., co-directors); UNM Depts. Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Earth & Planetary Sciences; Southwest Research and Information Center; Indigenous Education Institute; Pueblo of Laguna; Red Water Pond Road Community Asosciation; Tachee Uranium Concerns Committee/Blue Gap – Tachee Chapter; Navajo Nation Environmental Agency; Stanford University; To Lani Enterprises Uranium Water Quality Environmental Justice Project; and University of Norte Dame, Center for Sustainable Energy.