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THE STATE TO DECIDE WHETHER ZOMBIE URANIUM MINE CAN CONTINUE POLLUTING AT PUBLIC HEARING ON MAY 1

“It’s neither producing uranium nor is it cleaning up its existing mess – it’s simply festering.” 
Susan Gordon, coordinator for MASE


GRANTS, N.M.
— On May 1, the New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division will hold a public hearing on whether the Mt. Taylor uranium mine can remain on standby status and continue to pollute the surrounding environment. The hearing is open to the public and people will be given an opportunity to give comments.

The Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE) – a network of groups located in the Grants Mining Belt of New Mexico – will present testimony on living with the impacts of toxic pollution from the Mt. Taylor Mine.  MASE will also present testimony on the failure of the mine’s owner, Rio Grande Resources (RGR), to conduct interim reclamation at the mine site and the company’s unreasonable predictions of economic viability of the mine in the face of a continued depressed uranium market.

“Mt. Taylor is a zombie mine,” says Susan Gordon, coordinator for MASE. “It’s neither producing uranium nor is it cleaning up its existing mess – it’s simply festering. It hasn’t operated in 25 years and 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.”

A subsidiary of General Atomics, RGR’s Mt. Taylor Mine has not produced an ounce of uranium since 1990.  Since then the operator has repeatedly received standby permits which allows the mine to sit idle. The mine was productive for a total of eight years but since it stopped producing, the toxic waste piles and infrastructure have been left idle and exposed.

“In order to continue standby status, RGR must show the mine will be economically viable during the standby period,” says Eric Jantz, staff attorney at the New Mexico Environmental Law Center. “But every credible source indicates that current uranium production will satisfy any demand for years to come.  This mine will not produce uranium anytime soon. RGR should start creating high paying jobs by starting reclamation right now.”

Previously, the Mining and Minerals Division approved a standby permit despite documented groundwater contamination at the mine and no prospects for renewed production.

        WHEN:    10:00 AM, Friday, May 1, 2015

        WHERE:    Cibola County Convention Center, 515 West High Street, Grants, NM 87505 (map)

Media Advisory – Uranium Workers’ Day Feb 20 at Round House

15.02.13 Media Advisory Uranium Workers’ Day

Former Uranium Workers and Impacted Community Members Descend on Roundhouse to Raise Concerns About the Continuing Negative Health and Environmental Effects from Historic Uranium Mining 

   *  Uranium Workers’ Day at New Mexico Legislature is Friday, February 20th

The Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment will be hosting the Uranium Workers’Day at the New Mexico State Legislature, in Santa Fe, on Friday, February 20th.  Starting at 9:30 am there will be a press conference in the Rotunda with former miners and workers and people from the impacted communities.  Educational displays and information will be available in the East Hall of the Rotunda. Twenty-three organizations have cosponsored the day.

Uranium Workers’ Day Poster

URANIUM WORKERS’  DAY

February 20

Round House in Santa Fe

9:30 Press Conference 

Join Us and Raise Awareness 

about the continuing health and environmental impacts 

from uranium mining faced by many New Mexicans

Cosponsors: Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment, McKinley Community Place Matters, Bernalillo County Place Matters, Bluewater Valley Downstream Alliance, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, Conservation Voters New Mexico, Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining, Gallup Solar, Honor Our Pueblo Existence, Interfaith Worker Justice of New Mexico, Laguna Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment, Native American Voters Alliance, New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, New Mexico Environmental Law Center, New Mexico Health Equity Partnership, New Mexico Public Health Association, Nuclear Watch New Mexico, Office of Life, Peace, Justice & Creation Stewardship – Catholic Charities of Gallup, Partnership for Earth Spirituality, Post ’71 Uranium Workers Committee, Red Water Pond Road Community Association, Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum, Southwest Organizing Project, Tewa Women United

Contact Susan Gordon

susangordon@earthlink.net

505-577-8438

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Human Rights Hearings

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Human Rights Network Hearings

http://masecoalition.org/2014/07/human-rights-network-hearings/