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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.

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


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


March 15 Film Festival in Grants


Think OUTside the Mine

A documentary film festival on energy, and the health 

and environmental consequences of uranium mining and milling, 

oil and gas production, and nuclear disasters and waste management

Saturday, March 15 from 10 am to 3 pm

New Mexico State University Campus Theater

500 N 3rd Street, Grants, NM

10-11 am Nuclear Aftershock  (2012, 55 minutes) Frontline Film

…..Could a Fukushima-like disaster happen to us? March 11 marks the third anniversary

of the earthquake, the tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan.

Discussion leaders: 

Susan Gordon, Coordinator, Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment

Activist for nuclear clean-up and health issues for 17 years

Scott Kovac, Operations and Research Director, Nuclear Watch New Mexico

Focus on clean-up issues at Los Alamos National Lab and WIPP for 10 years

12 pm Split Estate  (2009, 76 minutes) Bullfrog Films

…..Imagine that while you own the land, you don’t own the mineral rights beneath

your home and a mining company will drill for natural gas 200 feet from your front door.

1:30-3 pm Tailings  (2012, 12 minutes) Sam Price-Waldman Film

….Just outside Grants, New Mexico, is a toxic heap of uranium tailings sitting

for 30 years contaminating the air and water.

Discussion, Testimony, and Updates:

Bluewater Valley Downstream Alliance

Eastern Navajo Dine Against Uranium Mining

Southwest Research and Information Center

….And friends of MASE

Sponsored by the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment 

Organized by the Laguna-Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment 

For more information email:


SIGN OUR PETITION: Do not start uranium mining on Mt. Taylor

To be delivered to: Joe Norrell, Acting Forest Supervisor, U.S. Forest Service

PETITION STATEMENT: I urge you to protect New Mexico’s environment and public health by opposing the Roca Honda uranium mine on Mt. Taylor. Please choose the “No Action” Alternative in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

PETITION BACKGROUND:For the first time in 30 years, New Mexico may open its doors to uranium mining. Uranium mining can cause permanent damage to our water supplies through the leaching of radioactive materials into groundwater, not to mention the fact that it takes millions of gallons of water a day to operate a mine. Worse yet—they want to mine on Mt. Taylor, a mountain sacred to the Navajo and Pueblos and the highest point in the Cibola National Forest. Allowing mining anywhere near the mountain would be devastating.Please sign the petition below and show the U.S. Forest Service that New Mexicans do not want this type of destruction in our state. Public comments are open until May 14.

Sign the petition at:

PRESS RELEASE: No Uranium Mining in Churchrock, New Mexico Until Legacy Waste Is Cleaned Up

Larry J. King, ENDAUM Board member, stands at his gate and points out the area of in Churchrock, NM known as Section 8 where Hydro Resources (a subsidiary of Uranium Resources Inc.) plans to mine uranium using in situ leach methods. 
Photo by Leona Morgan


Monday, July 23, 2012


CHURCHROCK, N.M. — On July 19, 2012, the uranium mining company Hydro Resources Inc. signed an agreement with the Navajo Nation giving the mining company limited access across Navajo Indian Country to its Churchrock Section 8 mine site. The agreement specifically states that Hydro Resources (a subsidiary of Uranium Resources Inc.) cannot begin mining uranium until legacy waste at Section 8 and adjacent Section 17 has been cleaned up.
Hydro Resources announced its intention to mine uranium on Section 8 and Section 17 in 1994. Community members organized themselves as the Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining (ENDAUM) and sought the help of the nonprofit law firm New Mexico Environmental Law Center to keep irresponsible uranium mining from returning to Navajo lands. ENDAUM has kept the fight going for over a decade and Hydro Resources has yet to break ground.

ENDAUM’s mission is to ensure that the water, air, land and community health are protected. Leona Morgan, ENDAUM Coordinator explains, “ENDAUM believes it is our right as Indigenous Peoples to preserve our traditional and cultural Diné resources that may be affected if uranium mining is allowed anywhere within the Four Sacred Mountains or on other Indigenous Peoples’ homelands. ENDAUM and our allies will continue to fight for the right to safe drinking water supplies for all life, for all our relations and future generations,” says Morgan.

“Hydro Resources’ parent company, Uranium Resources Inc., is struggling to pay for clean-up at its uranium operations in Texas,” says Eric Jantz, attorney for ENDAUM. “We’re skeptical that Hydro Resources will be able to pay for clean-up at Church Rock. In any event, ENDAUM and the people of Church Rock will be watching Hydro Resources and the Navajo Nation to ensure that their land and families are protected.”

The Navajo Nation fined Hydro Resources for trespass earlier this year when the company crossed tribal trust land in order to access its property on Section 8. The agreement was made to allow Hydro Resources limited access to Section 8 and require that Hydro Resources submit to Navajo Nation jurisdiction for its operations in Indian Country as well as clean up the radioactive waste on its property before any new mining commences.

“The Navajo Nation doesn’t currently have clean-up regulations under its Superfund law — those regulations will have to be written,” says Morgan. “ENDAUM will be engaged in this process to ensure that the highest clean-up standards are adopted to protect the community.”

Interviews and Images Available Upon Request


Leona Morgan
Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining

Eric Jantz
Staff Attorney
New Mexico Environmental Law Center




Additional Online Resources:


Navajo Nation & HRI Agreement

Fully Executed Temporary Access Agreement, Signed July 19, 2012

Navajo Nation Laws

Radioactive and Related Substances, Equipment, Vehicles, Persons, and Materials Transportation Act of 2012

Diné Natural Resources Protection Act of 2005