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Navajo Group Bringing Attention to Uranium Mining

“‘We want to bring international attention to this issue and hopefully induce the United States to take a look at how the Nuclear Regulatory Commission licenses these projects, particularly when it’s dealing with low-income or indigenous communities,’ [Eric Jantz] said.” BusinessWeek.com

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Learn more about the Hydro Resources, Inc. uranium mines case.

05/17/2011 • Back to top


Excerpt from Press Conference Held By Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining and the NMELC

Learn more about the Hydro Resources, Inc. uranium mines case.

05/17/2011 • Back to top


Navajo Community Files Petition with Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Staff Attorney Eric Jantz speaks on the importance of this filing for NMELC’s clients and the future of uranium mining.

05/16/2011 • Back to top


NMELC’s Reply to Augustin Plain Ranch’s Response re Motion to Dismiss

Today, Staff Attorney Bruce Frederick sent another legal shot over the bow of Augustin Plains Ranch. In February, Frederick submitted a Motion to Dismiss the Ranch’s application to appropriate more than 17 billion gallons (54,000 acre-feet) of groundwater annually near Datil, NM. His filing today is in response to the Ranch’s response to that Motion.

“The Ranch’s speculative application flies in the face of 150 years of Western water law,” says Frederick. “Its response to our Motion to Dismiss does absolutely nothing to change that.”

Learn more about the Augustin Plains Ranch water rights application case.

05/13/2011 • Back to top


Navajo’s Take Fight to Protect Their Water to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Press Conference Monday, May 16, 8:30 National Press Club, Washington, DC

SANTA FE, N.M.— Today, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) and its client, Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining (ENDAUM), filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights seeking to halt a uranium mining operation in the Navajo villages of Church Rock and Crownpoint, N.M.  They will conduct a press conference Monday, May 16, 8:30 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, DC regarding the filing.

After 16 years of legal fighting, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center has exhausted all avenues offered by the U.S. legal system to overturn the mining license granted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to Hydro Resources Inc. (HRI).  HRI still has regulatory hurdles to overcome, and NMELC’s client will oppose them at every turn, but should HRI be allowed to mine, the drinking water for approximately 15,000 people will be contaminated.

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05/13/2011 • Back to top


Navajo Group to Take Uranium Mine Challenge to Human Rights Commission

“The groups contend the mines, first permitted by NRC in 1999, could contaminate drinking water for 15,000 Navajo residents in and around the two communities, which lie just outside the Navajo Nation. In 2005, the Navajo’s tribal government passed a law prohibiting uranium mining within its borders.” New York Times

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05/12/2011 • Back to top


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