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Uranium Licenses Are Upheld By a Split Federal Appeals Court

Offbeat  (tags: uranium mining, environment, water, air, radiation )

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DENVER - Uranium mining, banned on the Navajo Nation, advanced closer to tribal boundaries when the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's licensing of in situ leach uranium mining at four sites near Crownpoint and

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Rajee Seetharam (138)
Sunday March 21, 2010, 1:56 am

Elm Morrison (357)
Sunday March 21, 2010, 4:07 am
From the article
The court does not set aside an agency decision unless it is “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with the law,” it said.

Judge Carlos F. Lucero said he dissented from the majority decision because it “will unnecessarily and unjustifiably compromise the health and safety of the people who currently live within and immediately downwind” from the Church Rock area in question.

Because of radiation from abandoned mine tailings at the current site, HRI’s mine “will result in total radiation levels nine to 15 times the permitted regulatory limit,” he said.

While the petitioners should be able to rely on the NRC to correctly interpret laws and regulations, “Instead, the NRC has abandoned its statutory commitment to refrain from issuing licenses if doing so ‘would be inimical to the health and safety of the public,’” adding that as a result the NRC has “rendered this community vulnerable to the ill effects of dangerous radiation.”


One judge dissents - two judges concur and voila - another injustice!

Why not rule for an independent environmental study? How can an organisation who stands to gain be the only voice allowed to interperet its own 'standards/rules'? This smacks of curruption.

Terry, what has been done here is very, very wrong. Can the locals not involve GreenPeace? GreenPeace has TONS of money - and I'm sure they would not hesitate to take on this matter.

Thank you for this info.

Pamylle G (461)
Sunday March 21, 2010, 4:32 am
Horrible ! No JUSTICE in court !

Mike M (43)
Sunday March 21, 2010, 4:55 am
Just another wrong by the so called government

Agnes H (144)
Sunday March 21, 2010, 5:29 am
Noted and I hope Justice will be done in the end with or without the help of Greenpeace. It says they've got tons of money. If they have tons of money then how come they are asking for more? I hope they are better equipped than these judges who don't seem to agree on what is being done for the health of these people?

I wish they wouldn't open uranium mines so close to where the people live be it down wind or upwind. It doesn't matter really as they get the poison anyway as the wind direction keeps moving and they keep on getting the radiation poisoning at some time or another. I just wish they'd never decided to open uranium mines in the first place if they are so dangerous.

sherrie e (147)
Sunday March 21, 2010, 8:35 am
Somebody with some unbiased clout needs to step in and help these people. The system in place is unjust and continues to push on....corruption is everywhere and rules......Thanks Lone!

Lynn Christy (65)
Sunday March 21, 2010, 8:37 am
noted, thanks for the story Terry... this stuff makes me so angry when I readi it... =(

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday March 21, 2010, 12:20 pm
Interesting decision.

Gloria L (58)
Sunday March 21, 2010, 1:30 pm
To say nothing of the Aquafer. This company says will be able to clean up the water. Oh, Yeah? This is genocide, plain and simple.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday March 21, 2010, 2:01 pm
Wrong thing to do , noted , thanks !

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Sunday March 21, 2010, 2:07 pm
Noted with terrible sadness. ThankX Eureka for the invaluable information. I tend to agree that this is genocide, and cannot be allowed to pursist. And regarding "downstream", how ignorant! doesn't matter! How right you are Agnes!

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Sunday March 21, 2010, 2:08 pm
Thank you Terrry for posting this very danagerous situation! I had no idea of what was occuring.

Deborah O (98)
Sunday March 21, 2010, 5:00 pm
Anyone who knows anything about this type of mining knows that that the environmental damage, the threat to people's health and lives, doesn't stay "in situ". Add the threat from nearby, VERY nearby in situ mining to the damage done by leases granted not so very long ago ON the reservation that were NEVER cleaned up...Oh, Hell. I'm not surprised, but I sure am mad. This is an obscenity.

Monday March 22, 2010, 2:27 am
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