FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Billions of dollars from an environmental contamination settlement now can be disbursed nationwide, including for cleanup of former uranium sites on the Navajo Nation and a chemical manufacturing site in Nevada.
The $5.15 billion settlement between the U.S. government and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. was reached last April. But a bankruptcy court had been awaiting appeals before declaring it final this week.
The settlement resolves a legal battle over Tronox Inc., a spinoff of Kerr-McGee Corp. Andarko acquired Tronox in 2006.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Navajo Nation will use more than $1 billion to clean up a uranium mill in Shiprock, New Mexico, and about 50 mine sites elsewhere on the reservation.
Another $1.1 billion will address a perchlorate groundwater plume that has contaminated Lake Mead in Nevada.