Getting Beyond the Hype: A Critical Review of the Economic Impacts of the Proposed Roca Honda Uranium Mine

Getting Beyond the Hype: A Critical Review of the Economic Impacts of the Proposed Roca Honda Uranium Mine

A report prepared for the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment April 11, 2014

By  Power Consulting, Inc. www.powereconconsulting.com

Roca Honda Resources LLC has proposed a uranium development project that would involve a mine in the vicinity of the city of Grants, New Mexico. The uranium mine would make use of Cibola National Forest land and Roca Honda Resources has submitted a mining proposal to the U.S. Forest Service for approval. Power Consulting, Inc. was asked by the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE) to review the economic impacts that the proponents of the proposed Roca Honda Mine have claimed will result if that mine is built and operated. Those claimed impacts, as described by the mine’s proponents, are exclusively positive, including new employment, wages and salaries, and revenues to state and local governments that would be directly and indirectly associated with the proposed Roca Honda Mine.

Click here to download a pdf of the Getting Beyond the Hype report:  Roca Honda Mine Economic Study Final

Click here to download a pdf of the Executive Summary of the Getting Beyond the Hype report: Executive Summary Roca Honda Econ Study

Joint Alternative Report of Indigenous World Association and Laguna-Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment Report to the UN Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

CONSIDERATION OF THE 7th, 8th and 9th PERIODIC REPORTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA UNDER ARTICLE 9 OF THE CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION 

JOINT ALTERNATIVE REPORT of INDIGENOUS WORLD ASSOCIATION 

AND LAGUNA-ACOMA COALITION FOR A SAFE ENVIRONMENT: 

The Case of Mt. Taylor, A Sacred Cultural Landscape 

July 21, 2014

Mt. Taylor (“Kaaweesthiimaa” in the Acoma language, “Tsibiinaa” in the Laguna language), a sacred landscape and area to Acoma, Laguna, and other Indigenous Nations in the region, is under threat of irreparable harm should proposed uranium mining by Roca Honda Resources, LLC, and others proceed in the area. Despite the recognition of this area as a traditional cultural property under federal and state law, the United States Forest Service, an agency of the United States government, has taken actions which substantively disregard United States obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), especially rights with regard to property, health, and participation in cultural activities provided in Article 5 of the ICERD. Despite the Recommendation of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (hereinafter “CERD”) in 2008, to ensure that activities carried out in areas of spiritual and cultural significance to Native Americans do not have a negative impact on the enjoyment of their rights under the Convention,

Click here to download a pdf of the Joint Alternative Report:  IWA andLACSE Joint Alternative Report.CERD 85th Session.July 21.2014

MASE Submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review

No Start Up Until Clean Up: Human Rights and the Impacts of Uranium Mining and Processing in the United States

Submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of United States of America  Second Cycle

Human Rights Council

U.S. COMPLIANCE WITH ITS HUMAN RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS 

A. Remediation of Historic Waste

The United States’ and state governments’ continuing failure to commit adequate financial and other resources to remediating radioactive waste from historic uranium mining and processing represents an ongoing violation of community members’ and MASE members’ rights to life, health and access to clean water as guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 14 15 the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man,16 and the General Assembly’s Resolution No. 64/292 recognizing the right to water and sanitation.

The United States’ and state governments’ failure to remediate radioactive waste from uranium mining and processing in minority communities, while achieving remediation in non-minority communities also represents the United States’ failure to realize its obligations to provide equal treatment under domestic laws pursuant to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights18 and the International Convention on the Elimination on All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Click here to download a pdf of the MASE Submission to UPR: MASE UPR report Final

 

MASE Report to UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

RESPONSE TO THE PERIODIC REPORT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE UNITED NATIONS COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION 

July 1, 2014

“There are two primary issues related to uranium mining and processing upon which CERD mandates bear.

First, uranium mine and mill waste clean-up is conducted relatively quickly in predominantly non-minority communities, but waste continues to fester in minority communities causing significant health and environmental impacts.

Second, even in light of the extensive radioactive and toxic contamination in minority communities throughout the western U.S., the U.S. government and state governments continue to issue licenses and permits for new uranium mining and processing operations in impacted communities. ”

Click here to download a pdf of the MASE CERD Report:MASE CERD Shadow Report FINAL

Click here to download a pdf of the one page summary of MASE CERD Report:MASE 1 PAGER

Nuclear Free Zone Declaration for Northwest New Mexico/Grants Uranium Belt

NUCLEAR FREE ZONE DECLARATION

for Northwest New Mexico/Grants Uranium Belt

Uranium mining and milling activities in the Grants Uranium Belt of New Mexico form a critical link in the nuclear fuel chain that supplies nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons development. Radioactivity is released at every stage in the nuclear fuel chain, including uranium mining and milling.

The 1872 Mining Act, originally created to help small miners has become a form of corporate welfare, and has turned cultural landscapes throughout the United States into National Sacrifice Areas, where local communities have been disregarded and the need for ongoing reclamation has resulted in a legacy of contaminated air, water and soil.

Legacy contamination from historic mining and milling in the Grants Mining District has not been completely assessed, nor has the region has been restored to pre-mining and milling conditions.

Whereas: Uranium legacy contamination poisons our water, land, and lives through ongoing radioactive releases that will continue to plague our cultural landscape and future generations,

There are better job opportunities for local populations in cleaning up the existing legacy of contamination and exploring alternative energy economies,

A 2011 National Academy of Science report has made it clear that there is no “safe level” of human exposure to radiation,

Past and present generations residing in the Grants Mining District have been disproportionately affected by uranium mining and milling activities that went unregulated for at least two decades,

Aquifers and waterways contaminated by uranium mining and milling can never be fully restored to pre-mining and milling conditions,

The continued removal of uranium from regional aquifers will result in a permanent loss of water from these deep water sources,

Renewed uranium mining in the Grants Uranium Belt will jeopardize the public health, natural ecosystems, and traditional cultural landscapes by further degrading our air and water quality,

The toxic waste generated from new uranium mining and milling will create an additional legacy for future generations,

Uranium mining violates our basic human rights to a clean and usable water supply, endangers our many traditional cultures, the public health, and interferes with the natural cycles of Earth and Water.

We are committed to protect and restore our shared water resources that are so critical to our continued survival in an arid desert environment, our quality of life, and multi-cultural preservation,

Therefore: We, the undersigned, join a growing global movement to limit the use of nuclear power and transform National Sacrifice Areas into Nuclear Free Zones.

We endorse the development of renewable energy sources that sustain- not destroy- our public lands, multi-cultural landscapes, and natural ecosystems.

We will provide direction to our lawmakers and private industry to invest in renewable, clean energy that conserves and protects our forests, watersheds and cultures.

We further encourage investment and job creation in the cleanup of the historic uranium legacy contamination that still exists within our shared watersheds.

We further urge all federal and state regulatory agencies to promote the right to a clean, sustainable water sources within their jurisdictions as an element of their public trust to further the best interests of the public welfare, including those poor, minority populations already overburdened by legacy contamination from uranium mining and milling in the Grants Mining District.

We urge the United States Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division not to approve any new mining plans of operation on public lands in New Mexico until the complete reclamation of ground water, soil, and air contamination from historic uranium mining in the Grants Mining District is fully achieved.

In Conclusion, We, the undersigned, pledge to work in solidarity with all people who wish to break free of their nuclear fuel chains and dependency on non-renewable, polluting sources of energy and move towards the development of renewable and sustainable energy that does not threaten the public health, public water supplies, or our special landscapes.

Adopted by Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment on October 12, 2012.

Click here to download a pdf of the Declaration:  NFZ Declaration.final