Mount Taylor Mine Public Hearing

This was the company’s third request, which included a May 1 public hearing about the amended Second Renewal and the Updated Closeout Plan. The company defended its current compliance with environmental regulations and its economic viability analysis of the international demand for uranium ore. The mine’s owners have continued to postpone cleanup by repeatedly requesting amended Standby Status designation, according to numerous community members. Cibola Beacon

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05/05/2015 • Back to top

Billions of dirty ore dollars

Dormant radioactive uranium mine key to Blue brothers’ future fortune

Along with lots of military contracts, the deal came with plenty of land and uranium rights, including the sprawling Torrey Pines campus given to General Dynamics, the original owner of company, by San Diego taxpayers back in the 1950s. But the new owners also inherited the firm’s so-called zombie uranium operations, representing on paper at least, a substantial cleanup liability. For years, though, the Blues have kept regulators at bay and don’t appear likely to concede much soon. San Diego Reader

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05/05/2015 • Back to top

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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Also from New Mexico Political Report:
Water, ‘systems thinking’ and Santolina’s tangled history
Video: Two sides on Santolina

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

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