Uranium Mining

April 1, 2014--San Miguel tributary flowing free (Telluride Daily Planet)

In the 1930s, a 6-foot-tall, 60-feet-wide diversion dam was built in Tabeguache Creek, just upstream from its confluence with the San Miguel River, for the purposes of providing water to the Town of Uravan. That dam remained for roughly 80 years, even as the uranium mining town was abandoned, declared a Superfund Site and razed in a reclamation project.

August 24, 2013--Energy Fuels water application dismissed (Montrose Press)

The Montrose District Court Water Division on Thursday dismissed “without prejudice” an Energy Fuels Resources Corporation application to utilize water from the San Miguel Basin in the Naturita region for its proposed Piñon Ridge yellowcake mill.


March 12, 2013--Earth’s rivers are theme of annual Environmental Film Festival in D.C. (Washington Post)

Nearly 200 films from 50 countries will be screened in Washington this month as part of the annual Environmental Film Festival. This year’s theme is rivers, those bodies of water that are simultaneously vital for human survival and vulnerable to human progress.


July 15, 2012--Colorado: Court upholds rules that protect water from uranium mining and protect right to public involvement (Summit Voice)

Efforts by a Canadian mining company to bully Colorado came to naught last week, as Denver District Court Judge Christina Habas upheld state regulations that protect water from in situ leach uranium mining impacts. In its lawsuit against the state, Powertech Uranium Corp. claimed that the Colorado exceeded its legal authority and that adoption of the rules was arbitrary and capricious.


June 14, 2012--District court in Colorado nixes state license for proposed Pinon Ridge uranium mill (Summit Voice)

Communities and conservation groups in southwestern Colorado won a huge court victory this week, as a Denver District Court judge invalidated a state license for the proposed  Piñon Ridge uranium mill. Judge John N.


January 9, 2012--US bans new mining claims near Grand Canyon (New York Times)

The Obama administration is banning new hard rock mining on more than a million acres near the Grand Canyon, an area known to be rich in high-grade uranium ore reserves.


October 28, 2011--EPA approves uranium mill pond near Naturita (Durango Herald)

A proposed Paradox Valley uranium mill cleared another hurdle Thursday, winning government approval to build 40 acres of wastewater ponds. The Environmental Protection Agency granted the approval to Energy Fuels Resources Corp., which has plans to build the country’s first uranium mill in


September 29, 2011--Sheep Mountain, Energy Fuels work toward water (Telluride News)

Inch by inch, the company hoping to build the nation’s first uranium mill in decades is making progress. Last week, Energy Fuels announced it had reached a settlement with one of its staunchest adversaries regarding the water — at minimum some 144 gallons a minute, according to some reports — in Sheep Mountain Alliance.


July 27, 2011--Colorado awash in water controversy as activists rally to oppose projects, back EPA (Colorado Independent)

Water activists around the region – from Southwest Colorado to Southwest Wyoming to downtown Denver – continued to apply pressure on regulators this week on a variety of critical issues such as opposing the proposed Flaming Gorge Pipeline, backing the Clean Water Act and forcing more scrutiny of uranium mining near the Dolores and San Miguel Rivers.


Navajo’s Go To Human Rights Commission

In a final attempt to stop 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 community.


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