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Environmental justice victory: Mount Taylor uranium mine closing | Beyond Nuclear

Beyond Nuclear announced that their friends and colleagues with the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE), Amigos Bravos, and New Mexico Environmental Law Center successfully blocked Rio Grande Resources’ uranium mine “re-activation” plan at Mount Taylor in New Mexico, which is sacred to the Navajo Diné, as well as to the Pueblo.
As quoted in the coalition’s press release, Laura Watchempino, Acoma Pueblo member of MASE and the Laguna-Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment, noted, “Closure of the Mt. Taylor mine is heartening news for this very sacred and unique landscape. We hope that the healing of this site can now take place with effective cleanup measures designed to restore the underground aquifers and remove all contaminated waste piles and infrastructure. Unfortunately, some of the damages to this site are permanent and irreversible, which is why no new mines should be permitted within the San Mateo Creek Basin.”
Other critical struggles against radioactive racism go on in New Mexico, including resistance against highly radioactive waste de facto permanent, surface storage, “parking lot dumps” targeted at southeastern New Mexico. An environmental coalition — including Alliance for Environmental Strategies, Beyond Nuclear, Don’t Waste Michigan et al. (seven grassroots groups from across the U.S.), and Sierra Club — has fought for years against U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensing of the Holtec International/Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance CISF targeted near Carlsbad (close to the Waste Isolation Pilot Project military plutonium dump), as well as the Interim Storage Partners/Waste Control Specialists CISF targeted at Andrews County, west Texas, very near Eunice, NM (also the “host” of Uranium Enrichment Corporation, better known as URENCO).
The coalition has appealed adverse rulings by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board to the NRC Commissioners, including this week, by Toledo attorney Terry Lodge, on behalf of the Sustainable Energy & Economic Development (SEED) Coalition. Learn more about the resistance against CISFs, including what you can do to help, at our Centralized Storage website section.

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