Uranium mining and nuclear power

Native American and other constituents of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota have begun to rally around a unified demand for no more uranium mining until regs are stiffened and legacy mines cleaned up. The movement comes on the heels of the EPAs announcement in Jan. 2014 of the largest judgment in an environmental settlement in U.S. history, against Kerr-McGee for its Navajo Nation uranium waste. Part of the money is earmarked for cleanup, but there’s not nearly enough. Legislation has been drafted to support the movement’s demand. A sponsor is sought. Meanwhile the EPA just announced it is revising uranium mining rules since in-situ mining has become more prevalent and its rules are for conventional mining. In-situ occurs in the groundwater, so one of the main arguments against it is protection of the water supply. Another is that radiation released throughout the nuclear power cycle is a health risk. Foreign investors are behind the push to reopen uranium mines and to build more nuclear plants abroad. For example, the Russian state nuclear company Rosatom owns Uranium One, which is mining in Wyoming; and the self-same Rosatom is trying to force a new nuclear plant on neighboring Belarus, where activists got jailed for protesting that they were denied participation in the decision, in violation of the precepts of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters. Linking the struggles in the Intermountain West and abroad could strengthen opposition. A regional meeting of participants in the struggle could consolidate a strategy based on consensus reached in the uranium mining group that met at the 3EEE Summit. A five-part news series on the subject resulted from that summit in the Southwest U.S. It can be seen at the following internet addresses. http://www.indianz.com/News/2014/013072.asp http://www.indianz.com/News/2014/013706.asp http://www.cipamericas.org/archives/12256 http://www.indianz.com/News/2014/014847.asp http://indianz.com/News/2015/016021.asp

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  • “In addition to the cleanups in Nevada and on the Navajo Nation, funds are also starting to flow to cleanups across the nation, including sites in Jacksonville, Florida, West Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Mississippi, and Navassa, North Carolina.” — from EPA NEWS RELEASE “$2 billion in funds headed for cleanups in Nevada and on the Navajo Nation from historic Anadarko settlement with U.S. EPA, Release Date: 01/23/2015
    SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced the settlement reached with Anadarko and Kerr-McGee is now final, allowing funds to be disbursed for cleanups across the country.” HAVE A GREAT SUMMIT!