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Uranium Legacy Remembrance and Action Day - Navajos Remember Church Rock Spill

On the morning of July 16th 1979, in Church Rock, NM an earthen dam that held the wastes of a uranium mill failed. It released ninety-million tons of liquid radioactive waste and 1,100 tons of solid mill wastes into the Puerco River contaminating its waters as far as Arizona.

Yesterday, commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the spill, Navajo community members, friends and supporters walked the route along SR 566 for Uranium Legacy Remembrance and Action Day.

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07/17/2009 • Back to top


Remembering the Largest Radioactive Spill in US History this Thursday

The Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE) - a coalition of community groups affected by uranium mining and committed to renewable energy development - announces the Commemoration of the Church Rock Uranium Tailings Spill on July 16, 2009 in Church Rock, NM starting at 7 am.

Please join us as we remember and honor the Diné communities that were affected by the largest release of radioactive waste in U.S. history, and to reaffirm the Navajo Nation’s ban on uranium mining and processing, as set forth in the Diné Natural Resources Protection Act (DNRPA) of 2005.

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For more details, please visit our Events Page, or download a PDF of Flyer.

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07/14/2009 • Back to top


Remembering the 30th Anniversary of the Largest Radioactive Spill in US History

“The largest release of radioactive waste occurred right down the road from me. To this day, this dangerous contamination has not been adequately addressed.”  Larry J. King, Churchrock resident, before the U.S. House of Representatives, October 23, 2007

CHURCH ROCK, NM - The Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE) - a coalition of community groups affected by uranium mining and committed to renewable energy development - announces the 30th Anniversary Commemoration of the Church Rock Uranium Tailings Spill on July 16, 2009.

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07/01/2009 • Back to top


Become a Member of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center

Did you know that you can become a member of the NMELC for only $35? You can even sign up for monthly recurring donations. For more options and more information see our Donation page.

Your tax deductible donation will help protect the natural environment and communities of New Mexico. We couldn’t do it without you!

06/29/2009 • Back to top


Lease Application Hearing Scheduled for July 28th in Rio Bonito Water Rights Case

The hearing is about an application by the Villages of Ruidoso and Capitan to lease water rights from Capitan to Ruidoso.  Our client, Rio Bonito Preserve, opposes the transfer because it will cause depletion of flows in the Rio Bonito and impair the water rights of Acequias.

For more details visit the Rio Bonito Water Rights case page

06/19/2009 • Back to top


NRC ups review of new in situ uranium mines

Associated Press - “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will require more detailed environmental studies of proposed new in-situ uranium mines in the western United States.”

...one has to take wait and see attitude because you’re dealing with an agency that has a very bad history in terms of handling these kinds of matters.” Jonathan Block, Law Center Staff Attorney.

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06/05/2009 • Back to top


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