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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

Uranium Mining ban near Grand Canyon stays intact

south-rim-02The Navajo Hopi Observer reports that the ban on uranium mining on 1 million acres of public land near Grand Canyon will be kept in place. Judge David Campbell rejected all claims to the contrary made by uranium mining firms on his decision on March 20th.

The moratorium was put up in January 2012, to protect the land and prohibit uranium mining claims old and new. In reaction, the National Mining Association, Nuclear Energy Institute and Northwest Mining Association, among others, went to court. After the ruling in Phoenix, the 20-year-ban will be protecting the lands near the Grand Canyon from uranium mining.

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Southwest Virginia religious leaders speak out against uranium mining

In the ongoing issue of a potential lift of the uranium ban in South Virginia, religious leaders from the area came together to speak out against uranium mining in Pittsylvania County.

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If You Love This Planet - Last podcast

After four-and-half-years and 197 programs, If You Love This Planet ended with the broadcast of its last new episode on the week ending December 28, 2012.

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Uranium mining threatens Hualapai, Havasupai and Navajo nations, and tourism industry (The Arizona Republic, 2011, en)

Salazar’s decision to halt new uranium claims would be consistent with permanent bans by Hualapai, Havasupai and Navajo nations on their lands that surround the park….mining is a minor part of northern Arizona’s economy (unlike tourism at the Grand Canyon)

Uranium mining would hurt Grand Canyon area, The Arizona Republic, Tom Chabin,  28 Feb 2011, FLAGSTAFF — I support Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s proposed 20-year ban on new mining claims on public-land watersheds that drain into Grand Canyon National Park.  Salazar’s decision to halt new uranium claims would be consistent with permanent bans by Hualapai, Havasupai and Navajo nations on their lands that surround the park. It would also acknowledge the fact that uranium mining produces miniscule economic benefits for a few years and imposes expensive, long-term health risks and costs to local communities and the federal government.
 During nearly four decades of living in northern Arizona, I have seen the uranium industry’s devastating effects on the land, water, and people of this region...
 
 ...mining is a minor part of northern Arizona’s economy (unlike tourism at the Grand Canyon, which produces more than $600 million in annual revenues). The only long-term economic benefits that we have from the last uranium boom are jobs related to cleaning up its mess.  
 
Arizonans, please join me in supporting the 20-year ban on new uranium claims around the Grand Canyon. We simply cannot afford the devastating costs of another round of boom and bust by uranium mining.
 
Tom Chabin, a Democrat, is a member of the state House of Representatives from Flagstaff.
 

Havasupi Warned: Uranium Mining in Grand Canyon (narcosphere, 2011, en)

Havasupai Warned: Uranium Mining in Grand Canyon

 

Posted by Brenda Norrell - March 16, 2011 at 9:36 pm

 

By Brenda Norrell

 

SUPAI TERRITORY (Grand Canyon) -- When the Supai opposed uranium mining in the Havasupai homeland, Supai said it is a place of prayer for the well-being of the world. Protection of this sacred place affects the climate and weather patterns of the earth, Supai said.

 Last week, Arizona regulators approved uranium mining in the Grand Canyon.  

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan on Friday have now resulted in the world realization of the dangers of nuclear power.

Gathered at sacred Red Butte in the Grand Canyon to oppose uranium mining in the Grand Canyon in 2009, Supai said this is a sacred place where they go to offer prayers for the protection of the earth.

 

Speaking of the Supai responsibility to protect the land, water, and air here from the poisons of mining, Supai Waters said, "If we do let this happen, we would be the murderers of the world. We cannot let that happen."

 

Supai Waters said that protection of the Grand Canyon also affects the weather patterns and climate of the earth. "My people have lived in the canyon since time immemorial. The canyons contain power points and vortexes. If there is tampering or pillaging, the earth will not be the same. There are places where we guard. These sacred places have to do with the weather, the wind, the sun, the celestial movements. That is why we are here protecting it," Supai Waters said. ...

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Uranabbau am Grand Canyon - Entscheidungsphase über Moratorium (Coyote, 2011, ger)

Entscheidungsphase über Moratorium

von Monika Seiller, COYOTE Nr. 89/Frühjahr 2011


Am 10. März 2011 hat die Umweltbehörde Arizona Department of Environmental Quality(ADEQ)
den Anträgen der Denison Mines Corp. zum Betrieb von drei neuen Uranminen am Grand Canyon
im US-Bundesstaat Arizona stattgegeben und eine Genehmigung im Hinblick auf Wasser- und
Luftqualität erteilt. Der Betreiber hat damit einen Teilerfolg hinsichtlich der geplanten Uranminen
in Arizona erzielt. Im Augenblick besteht noch ein Moratorium des Innenministeriums, das weitere
Uranprojekte in der Region um das Naturwunder aussetzt. Von dem Abbau unmittelbar betroffen
wären u.a. die Havasupai, die sich seit langem gegen den Uranabbau wehren.

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Navajo Group to take Uranium mine challenge to human rights comission (Greemwire, 2011, en)

Navajo Group to Take Uranium Mine Challenge to Human Rights Commission 
 

By APRIL REESE of  Greenwire

Published: May 12, 2011

In a last attempt to deep-six a controversial project to mine uranium near two Navajo communities in northwestern New Mexico, a Navajo environmental
group is taking its fight to the global stage.
Tomorrow, Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining, with the help of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, will submit a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights arguing that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's decision to grant Hydro Resources Inc., a license to mine uranium ore near Churchrock and Crown Point, N.M., is a violation of international laws.  ... read more

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<http://www.eenews.net/public/Landletter/2010/09/23/7> Land Letter, Sept.
23, 2010

Uran-Minen versus Tourismus im Südwesten der USA (pogrom, 2011, ger)

Fukushima-Effekt am Grand Canyon?

 HELENA NYBERG, INCOMINDIOS SCHWEIZ, AG URAN

Erst der Super-GAU in Japan hat es möglich gemacht - Risiko- Reaktoren werden überprüft oder abgestellt und die Atomdiskussionen wieder heftiger geführt. Erneuerbare Energien stehen höher im Kurs. Und wie steht es um die Energiepolitik der USA? Immerhin fürchtet man sich auf Hawai'i vor dem radioaktiv verseuchten Meereswasser der japanischen Ostküste. Die indigene Bevölkerung der Inselgruppe hat denn auch zur Vorsicht gemahnt und die Behörden zu strengeren Kontrollen des Wassers und des Fischbestandes aufgerufen. Aber: Das erste Glied der strahlenden Atomenergie-Kette ist noch immer nicht Gespräch - der Uranabbau.
Auch nach der Fukushima- Katastrophe bezeichnet US-Präsident Barack Obama Atomkraft als wichtigen Teil der zukünftigen Energieversorgung der USA; diese Haltung wird leider von seinem Energieminlster Steven Chu kräftig unterstützl, der zwar anerkannter Klimaschützer und Nobelpreisträger ist, aber von den verheerenden Folgen von Uranabbau keine Ahnung hat. Die USA betreiben die meisten Atomkraftwerke weltweit. 104 Anlagen stehen vor allem im Westen des Landes. Rund 30 Jahre lang waren nach 1980 keine neuen AKWs mehr entstanden. ,,Eine größere Kapazität zur Herstellung sauberer Atomenergie ist entscheidend für unseren Kampf gegen den Klimawandel, Energiesicherheit und weiteren wirtschaftlichen Wohlstand', schrieb Obama in einem Memorandum. Die Kreditgarantien für die Atomindustrie sind längst ausgeweitet.