Australia Nuclear Waste Dump Row

AlJazeera English does a story on Australia’s government’s plans for a nuclear waste dump in a remote part of the country’s Northern Territory. The proposed nuclear dump has divided local people while environmentalists warn it could one day be used to store waste from overseas.

06/21/2010 • Back to top

A Note on HRI’s Media Response to Jurisdiction Decision in 10th Circuit Court


In looking through all the media coverage of the HRI jurisdiction decision, I (and others) have noticed a distressing fact.  Papers and websites are reporting, without question, HRI’s assertion that it has all the permits it needs to begin mining and could start mining now if it wanted. 

This is NOT true.  HRI has a discharge permit from NMED (which is essentially a UIC permit, which HRI needs), but it is NOT valid - it needs to be renewed.  Additionally, HRI needs a temporary aquifer designation before it can begin mining.  So all the reports about HRI being able to start mining now are FALSE.  HRI needs to get those state permits - which could take years with public hearings and court appeals - before it can mine. 

I wanted to let you know, so that you can answer questions from community members or media outlets. 

Eric Jantz, Staff Attorney

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

06/21/2010 • Back to top

Court: Planned NM Uranium Mine Not on Navajo Land

“Eric Jantz, an attorney for the Santa Fe, N.M.-based [New Mexico] Environmental Law Center, which represents mining opponents, called the ruling tragic. ‘Frankly, I don’t think the state has much of a stake in this in terms of people with political power,’ he said. ‘Who is going to assure that this community’s water isn’t going to get polluted. The federal government, the EPA is going to be a much better guardian of that than the state.’ ” Associated Press

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06/16/2010 • Back to top

10TH Circuit finds NM Uranium Parcel Not Under Federal Jurisdiction

“The New Mexico Environmental Law Center sued the NRC in 2007 to overturn the license. Attorneys for the Navajo claimed the NRC violated the Atomic Energy Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and its own regulations when it issued the license to Hydro Resources.” Mineweb.com

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06/16/2010 • Back to top

Dark Water Trailer

This is a trailer for a documentary on the uranium industry’s “dirty little secret” that’s being put together by some folks who’ve been filming in South Dakota and Colorado.

06/10/2010 • Back to top

NM Supreme Court Overrules District Judge, EIB Will Continue Greenhouse Gas Proceedings

SANTA FE, N.M.— The New Mexico Supreme Court overruled a district judge’s decision Monday that stopped the Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) from considering a regulatory proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions.  The Court ordered Judge William G. W. Shoobridge of Lovington, NM, to vacate his April decision that the EIB had no authority to consider the petition, to dissolve the preliminary injunction that halted the EIB proceedings, and to dismiss the case.

“This is a tremendous and deserved victory for democracy and the administration of justice in New Mexico,” stated Bruce Frederick, staff attorney of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, representing New Energy Economy, a Santa Fe non-profit. “The Court’s ruling allows EIB to fully consider the scientific evidence and to learn about all issues surrounding climate change.  It also ensures the public will have a seat at the table.” Frederick argued before the Supreme Court, in a packed courtroom, that a Lovington District Court Judge had no jurisdiction or cause to stop EIB’s pending administrative proceeding. Eric Miller of the Attorney General’s Office represented the EIB and also argued that Judge Shoobridge’s decision should be overruled.

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06/08/2010 • Back to top

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