Toxic Legacy: Uranium Mining in New Mexico

Jantz gives fair warning to those who believe that simply because they do not reside near an old uranium mine or mill they need not worry about these issues. “The nuclear power chain is slung across the world, so folks who may not live near a mine or mill may not be getting those direct effects,” he said. “But you may live near a fabrication plant or a nuclear power plant. And if you are one of those people, you are going to be dealing with the radiological effects on that end of the power chain. So the folks in New Mexico and the Southwest are the just first people exposed to the problem.”  Truthout.org

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02/20/2014 • Back to top

Amid Toxic Waste, a Navajo Village Could Lose Its Land

In this dusty corner of the Navajo reservation, where seven generations of families have been raised among the arroyos and mesas, Bertha Nez is facing the prospect of having to leave her land forever. The uranium pollution is so bad that it is unsafe for people to live here long term, environmental officials say. Although the uranium mines that once pocked the hillsides were shut down decades ago, mounds of toxic waste are still piled atop the dirt, raising concerns about radioactive dust and runoff.  New York Times

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02/19/2014 • Back to top

New Mexico Mining Commission denies effort to weaken protections in mining rules

SANTA FE, N.M.— The New Mexico Mining Commission voted today to deny an effort by the humate mining industry to further weaken protections in the New Mexico Mining Act regulations. A September 17th decision by the Mining Commission allowed humate mines to disturb twice as many acres without doing the environmental review required for other mines this size under the Mining Act. Not satisfied with the ability to disturb twice as much land as other mines, the humate mining industry a motion to reconsider the September decision. The Mining Commission denied the motion.

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02/12/2014 • Back to top

Uranium mine troubles Native American groups

“If developed, Roca Honda will be a huge underground mine with tremendous impacts,” said environmental attorney Eric Jantz. “This mine could destroy people’s water, land, their places of worship - all for the purposes of funnelling profits to a Canadian company that is in turn selling it to Korea.” Al Jazeera English

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02/09/2014 • Back to top

Farmington City Council approves amended resolution supporting oil and gas industry

Opponents of the resolution have expressed concern with its wording, too. Eric Jantz, a New Mexico Environmental Law Center staff attorney, has said he thinks the document supports bills that would allow the state to cut royalties to counties that create any oil and gas regulations. Jantz is representing Mora County in federal court. Daily Times Four Corners News

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02/05/2014 • Back to top

Mora County faces new lawsuit over drilling ban

The Goliath bearing down on Mora County just got bigger. A Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary has joined a fight to kill Mora County’s ban on oil and gas development by filing a lawsuit Jan. 10 in federal District Court in Albuquerque…Mora residents and officials say they passed the ordinance because they are worried about hydraulic fracturing, a technique used to crack open rocks and release trapped hydrocarbons. The industry claims the technique, popularly called fracking, is safe, but communities around the United States are worried it will pollute groundwater. The Santa Fe New Mexican

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01/20/2014 • Back to top

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