New Mexico

Uranium plumes stop growing in western New Mexico

GRANTS, N.M. (KRQE) - Scientists say drinking water in western New Mexico is safe from nearby uranium plumes for now.

Uranium deposits from the former Bluewater Mill site near the Village of Grants have been leeching out of rock bed for decades. This is a worrying sign for nearby groundwater sources.

A Larry Barker investigation first explained the danger back in 2016. 

"The primary risk of uranium in drinking water is kidney toxicity. Uranium is far more dangerous a heavy metal and a kidney poison than it is as a radioactive element," said Environment Dept. Chief Scientist Dennis McQuillan.

A new report shows the plumes have stopped growing and are still 20 miles from the closest drinking water source in the region. 


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