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Zombie Uranium Mine Owner Attempting To Shut Out Public Comment, Again

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December 3, 2015

Zombie Uranium Mine Owner Attempting To Shut Out Public Comment, Again

On December 4, the New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division will hold a public hearing to seek input about whether Rio Grande Resources’ (RGR) Mt. Taylor Uranium Mine can move from standby to active status. The Mt. Taylor Mine near the village of San Mateo has been inactive and polluting the surrounding environment for the last 25 years.

On Thursday, December 3, RGR attorneys sent a pre-hearing statement to various parties to the hearing including NM Mining and Minerals Division, NM Attorney General’s Office, the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE) and Amigos Bravos, attempting to limit public comment on RGR’s request to restart the Mt Taylor Mine. 

RGR previously attempted to limit public comment during a 2010 Standby Hearing where the Mining and Minerals Division Director shut down the hearing and didn’t allow MASE’s technical expert nor MASE community members to speak. MASE and Amigos Bravos appealed that action and won. The recent May 1 hearing was part of the Court Order forcing MMD to allow the public to speak. (No. D-101-CV-2012-02318)

Instead of reclaiming the mine which would bring much needed jobs and ground water protection to the Grants Mining District, RGR is hoping that the uranium market will rebound. 

WHEN:   Friday, December 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM.
WHERE:   At the Commission Meeting Room, Cibola County Offices, 515 West High Street, Grants, New Mexico [map]

Link to documents:
–    RGR Pre-hearing Statement with Continuing Objections
–    First District Court’s Order Vacating NM Mining Commission Order and Certifying Case No. D-101-CV-2012-02318 to the Court of Appeals 
Contacts: 
Susan Gordon Coordinator, MASE, 505-577-8438, susangordon@earthlink.net
Eric Jantz, Staff Attorney, NM Environmental Law Center, 505-750-3027, ejantz@nmelc.org
Rachel Conn, Interim Executive Director, Amigos Bravos, 575-770-832, rconn@amigosbravos.org

Mt Taylor Zombie Mine – Dec 4 Hearing on Permit to Restart

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On December 4, the New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division will hold a public hearing to seek input about whether Rio Grande Resources’ (RGR) Mt. Taylor Mine can restart.

The public hearing is scheduled for Friday, December 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM.
The location of the public hearing will be at the Commission Meeting Room, Cibola County Offices, 515 West High Street, Grants, New Mexico.

PLEASE ATTEND THIS HEARING. OUR URANIUM IMPACTED COMMUNITIES NEED TO SEND A LOUD MESSAGE TO THE NM MINING AND MINERALS DEPARTMENT AND RIO GRANDE RESOURCES – NO NEW URANIUM MINING UNTIL THEY CLEANUP THEIR MESS!
Please send a written comment. If you are not able to attend the hearing in person, but would like to send a written comment, please click here: http://amigosbravos.org/take_action/letter/27

 

Comments regarding RGR’s request for return of the Mount Taylor Mine to active status including the updated closeout plan and financial assurance plan may be submitted to the Director of the Mining and Minerals Division at the following address:

Director
Mining and Minerals Division
NM Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department 1220 South St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Written comments must be received by the Director prior to the close of the Hearing record set during the Hearing.

A copy of RGR’s application for return of the Mount Taylor Mine to active status including the updated closeout plan and financial assurance plan is available at the Mother Whiteside Library, 525 W. High, Grants, New Mexico and in Santa Fe at the Mining and Minerals Division’s office. These documents are also available for viewing on the MMD website at:

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/MMD/MARP/CI002RERev13-2.html

For additional information regarding the RGR application for return of the Mount Taylor Mine to active status including the updated closeout plan and financial assurance plan, please contact the Mining and Minerals Division, Mining Act Reclamation Program at 1220 South St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505 or contact David Clark, Permit Lead, at (505) 476-3416, or by e-mail at david.clark@state.nm.us

Hearing on the Human Right to Water in the US

The Red Water Pond Road Community has been invited to testify before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the Right to Water in the US. Edith Hood, Peterson Bell and Teracita Keyanna will be traveling to DC on Oct 20 and meeting with the NM Congressional Delegation and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Watch the live-stream broadcast of the hearing:  http://www.oas.org/es/cidh/default.asp

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Think Outside the Mine – Part 2

4th Annual Uranium Film Festival

October 8, from 6 pm to 8 pm

Future Foundations Family Center,  551 Washington Ave Grants, NM 87020

Uranium Drive In

Uranium Drive-In, a film about a rural town struggling with the pros and cons of an extractive economy, it is about finding the strength to solve complex problems by standing in someone else’s shoes.

A panel discussion will follow about how the issues in the film parallel some of our local issues, and to talk about how we, too, might approach economic and environmental issues in our own community.

This is a FREE EVENT sponsored by Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund and the Laguna-Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment.

THINK OUTSIDE THE MINE – 4th Annual Uranium Documentary Film Festival, July 15 and July 17, Laguna Pueblo

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