NRC Takes Public Comment on Generic Environmental Impact Statement for In Situ Leach Uranium Mining

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Due to the large number of permit applications the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received for new uranium mining in the West, the NRC has proposed the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft GEIS) for In Situ Leach (ISL) uranium mining to quicken the approval process, but the Draft GEIS fails to address the site-specific issues that would affect each proposed mining location, particularly with respect to the possible contamination of groundwater. The Draft GEIS also completely fails to address the cumulative impacts of new ISL mining combined with pollution from past uranium mining and milling. 

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09/09/2008 • Back to top

A Man with Answers to Global Warming and the Global Energy Crisis

“We can solve the problems of oil imports, nuclear proliferation as it is linked to nuclear power, and carbon dioxide emissions simultaneously if we are bold enough.” Dr. Arjun Makhijani

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, and author of Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy, will share his visionary solution to the three-fold global energy crisis of climate disruption, oil insecurity and nuclear proliferation in a talk at the UNM Law School on September 18th, 2008.

Dr. Makhijani will discuss the real steps that the U.S. can take to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2060; and how it can achieve that goal without nuclear power. This is a free event.

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09/04/2008 • Back to top

Drinking Water Protected from Mine in Southern New Mexico

Silver City, NM - The Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP) and the New Mexico Environmental Law Center have won a five-year fight against Chino Mine‟s proposal to dilute contaminated water with clean groundwater rather than use more effective treatment technology. GRIP and the New Mexico Environmental Law Center announced today they have reached a settlement with the mine. Chino is now required to use an advanced form of reverse osmosis to remove metals and sulfates from the wastewater it will produce for hundreds of years after mining stops at the site.

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06/29/2008 • Back to top

Expert Panel Answers Questions on Oil and Gas Drilling

Santa Fe, New Mexico - A panel of experts will give a presentation on the legal, economic and social issues and the health impact of oil and gas drilling in Santa Fe County Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Universalist Church, l07 West Barcelona Road, Santa Fe. Four nationally recognized experts will present the facts on how landowners and residents have been impacted by environmental toxics associated with the oil and gas development activities in their area.

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05/15/2008 • Back to top

Navajos Vow Fight Against New Uranium Mines

Apr. 19, 2008 - Santa Fe, New Mexico — For the first time in United States history, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will be challenged in Federal appeals court for its approval of a source materials license for an in situ leach uranium mine.

The Navajo communities of Crownpoint and Church Rock, New Mexico, with the assistance of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC), Eastern Navajo Dine against Uranium Mining (ENDAUM) and Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC) will fight the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Hydro Resources, Inc., demanding that they stay off of Navajo lands in New Mexico. NMELC will present oral arguments on May 12 to a panel of Federal judges in Denver asking that the NRC decision to allow mining be set aside.

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04/19/2008 • Back to top

Clovis Community Stops ConAgra Trade Group’s Plans for Ethanol Plant

Clovis, NM – In a victory for communities everywhere, three Clovis groups have forced the giant ConAgra Trade Group to withdraw its application for an air quality permit for a proposed 110 million gallon per year ethanol plant that would have been sited near their residential neighborhood.

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01/22/2008 • Back to top

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