The History of Uranium Mining and the Navajo People
A comprehensive history of the Navajo Miner's Experience with Uranium Mining since its start in the 1905ies

USA: Court upholds uranium mining ban around Grand Canyon but allows nearby mine

Bildschirmfoto 2017-12-15 um 22.44.15The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Tuesday upheld a 20-year ban on uranium mining around Grand Canyon National Park but ruled in a separate case that a uranium company could open a mine nearby.

The two unanimous rulings by the three-judge panel came as the Trump administration considers lifting the ban, in place since 2012, as part of a broader effort to boost domestic energy production and promote the mining of critical minerals in the United States. A House Natural Resources subcommittee held a hearing Tuesday in which Republicans warned against putting federal lands off-limits to mining.


Nuclear power is fading worldwide

According to a report from Vox magazine, global use of nuclear power is decreasing since the Fukushima incident. Only 31 countries are still operating nuclear power plants.

75 percent of more than 10.000 abandoned Uranium mines in the US are located on federal and tribal lands

CleanUpTheMines CharmaineWhiteFaceQuote from factsheet, compiled by Charmaine White Face for the Clean Up the Mines campaign:

"The Mining companies walked away from their clean up responsibilities after decades of mining, leaving the public to bear their toxic legacy. The costs for clean-up of these abandoned sites have been moved from the past uranium mining operators onto the general taxpayers, as have the public health and environmental costs of these toxic sites."


Toxik Legacy of Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon

Democracy Now: "A Slow Genocide of the People": Uranium Mining Leaves Toxic Nuclear Legacy on Indigenous Land

Grand Canyon is the site of a battle over toxic uranium mining. Last year, a company called Energy Fuels Resources was given federal approval to reopen a mine six miles from the Grand Canyon’s popular South Rim entrance. A coalition of Native and environmental groups have protested the decision, saying uranium mining could strain scarce water sources and pose serious health effects. Diné (Navajo) tribal lands are littered with abandoned uranium mines. From 1944 to 1986, 3.9 million tons of uranium ore were chiseled and blasted from the mountains and plains of the region.


One billion dollar settlement for Navajo uranium cleanup

As the Arizona Daily Star reports, the Navajo Nation has won a settlement of more than 1Billion US-dollars for cleaning up the abandoned uranium mines formerly owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. The settlement resolves a legal battle over Tronox Inc., a 2005 spinoff of Kerr-McGee Corp. Anadarko acquired Kerr-McGee in 2006.


White Mesa Mill is being shut down for a year

The plans to shut down the White Mesa Mill in San Juan County, Utah, have received mixed responses by the locals. 200 people will lose their jobs over an idle phase of at least one year. But the Mill has been controversial since its beginning in 1980, due to violation of radon standards and contamination of local springs and ground water.


NRC Ex-Chairman thinks nuclear power to be outdated technology

In an interview with IEEE Spectrum, former NRC-Chairman Gregory Jaczko said that he thinks nuclear power to be an old technology, and that the US will be moving away from it.

Read the full article at IEEE Spectrum.

Obama wants to decrease number of Nukes

"So long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe." This bite from president Obamas speech in Germany is good news. If the number of nuclear weapons is reduced (perhaps, one day, to zero...), the world will find itself to be a step further from catastrophe. Be sure to read the CNN opinion piece No such thing as a safe number of nukes for a commentary on the dangers of a nuclear war.