Environmentalists oppose renewed standby permit for uranium mine

ALBUQUERQUE — Rio Grande Resources’ underground mine in Western New Mexico contains one of the largest stashes of uranium ore in the U.S., but it’s idle and hasn’t produced anything in years. It’s one of many “zombie mines” around the West that environmentalists say need to be closed and cleaned up rather than left on standby as companies wait for uranium prices and demand to rebound so operations can resume. Santa Fe New Mexican

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05/04/2015 • Back to top

Alliance Questions Plans for [Mt. Taylor] Mine


CIBOLA COUNTY – The uranium mine on Mount Taylor has not operated for almost 25 years, according to Susan Gordon, Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment coordinator.

“Mt. Taylor is a ‘zombie’ mine,” said Gordon via email. “It’s neither producing uranium nor is it cleaning up its existing mess - it’s simply festering in the community. Pretending that it will operate in the future just prevents real cleanup in our communities. It is time for the Mining and Minerals Division to require reclamation of all uranium mine sites in New Mexico.” Cibola Beacon

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04/28/2015 • Back to top

Attempt to push back Santolina decision fails

The Bernalillo County Commission voted Tuesday against pushing back a decision on the Santolina Master Plan. Commissioner Debbie O’Malley sponsored an initiative to allow an additional 90 days for more public input. The attempt failed on a 3 to 2 vote. Maggie Hart Stebbins was the only other commissioner to vote in favor of the delay…“The sheer size of something like this, I thought, required a lot of public input,” O’Malley said. New Mexico Political Report

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04/15/2015 • Back to top

Appeals Court upholds NM Copper Mine Rule

The New Mexico Court of Appeals this week upheld the recently adopted Copper Mine Rule that is designed to manage groundwater impacts from copper mining operations. The court found that the Copper Rule does not permit widespread groundwater pollution as alleged by the appellants, the state Environment Department said in a news release. Albuquerque Journal

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04/09/2015 • Back to top

Southern NM Dairies to Monitor More Wells

LAS CRUCES – Southern New Mexico residents and local dairies have agreed to place new requirements on the industry’s plan to abate groundwater contamination.

Eleven dairies milking thousands of cows operate in the vicinity of Anthony and Mesquite in Doña Ana County. Concerns about groundwater contamination from the manure associated with the dairies led to two days of hearings last week in Anthony and a proposed settlement.

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03/30/2015 • Back to top

Bernalillo County Commission puts off decision on massive development

Last week, more than two hundred New Mexicans marched through downtown Albuquerque to a Bernalillo County Commission special zoning meeting. Farmers rode tractors and mothers pushed babies in strollers, part of a sea of marchers in yellow shirts who converged on the meeting to express their outrage at the Santolina development, a city-sized development proposed for the mesa top west of Albuquerque.

Rather than listen to them, the Commissioners attended to procedural matters for Wednesday’s portion of the meeting.

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03/30/2015 • Back to top

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