- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation has been awarded $465,000 to oversee the cleanup of nearly 60 underground storage tanks that have been leaking petroleum or other hazardous substances.

The money comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The tribe is getting another $320,000 to inspect tanks at 100 facilities across the reservation to ensure they meet tribal and federal standards. The owners of the tanks are responsible for making sure they’re in good condition and must pay for cleanup if they leak.

The leaky storage tanks are located at several abandoned trading posts, and in the Arizona communities of Tuba City, Lupton and Chinle, and in Shiprock, New Mexico.

The EPA says it plans to award the tribe $3.8 million for work on storage tanks over five years.

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