HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Environment & Energy » Environment & Energy (Group) » Uranium Miners Pushed Har...

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 01:07 PM

Uranium Miners Pushed Hard for a Comeback. They Got Their Wish.

Source: New York Times

Uranium Miners Pushed Hard for a Comeback. They Got Their Wish.

Hundreds of mining claims fall neatly outside the new boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument, and a Navajo town scarred by uranium is bracing for new woes.

By Hiroko Tabuchi
Jan. 13, 2018

MONUMENT VALLEY, Utah — Garry Holiday grew up among the abandoned mines that dot the Navajo Nation’s red landscape, remnants of a time when uranium helped cement America’s status as a nuclear superpower and fueled its nuclear energy program.

It left a toxic legacy. All but a few of the 500 abandoned mines still await cleanup. Mining tainted the local groundwater. Mr. Holiday’s father succumbed to respiratory disease after years of hacking the ore from the earth.

But now, emboldened by the Trump administration’s embrace of corporate interests, the uranium mining industry is renewing a push into the areas adjacent to Mr. Holiday’s Navajo Nation home: the Grand Canyon watershed to the west, where a new uranium mine is preparing to open, and the Bears Ears National Monument to the north.

The Trump administration is set to shrink Bears Ears by 85 percent next month, potentially opening more than a million acres to mining, drilling and other industrial activity. But even as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared last month that “there is no mine within Bears Ears,” there were more than 300 uranium mining claims inside the monument, according to data from Utah’s Bureau of Land Management office that was reviewed by The New York Times.

-snip-


Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/13/climate/trump-uranium-bears-ears.html

2 replies, 895 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 2 replies Author Time Post
Reply Uranium Miners Pushed Hard for a Comeback. They Got Their Wish. (Original post)
Eugene Jan 2018 OP
Iliyah Jan 2018 #1
mountain grammy Jan 2018 #2

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 01:11 PM

1. Remember "Easter" Island.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 03:52 PM

2. This is so sad and demoralizing.

I just don't know what we can do. Writing and calling my Senator and everyone else, but damn them all to hell. Wish I wasn't an atheist.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread