Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Nuclear-power officials vow to mine uranium "the right way" / Fines at Uranium Mining "Not the Right Way" - NRC - Nuke Pushers (no right way to mine or mill uranium mining!)

Comment: Does a meeting of the nukes and the NRC in Denver, remind you of anything? Well, maybe the meeting with the Big Oil Murders and the federal government but the NRC reminds us they do not make monies off the nukes. Well, that is not true; the NRC has fees for license of ISL uranium mines and uranium mills! Also, the NRC pushes the license of leaking nuke plants and that is call a fee, so NRC does make monies from uranium mining, milling and nuke plants! Remember the fines at uranium mines in US in the 21st century! So the NRC is nuke pushers! No to uranium mining and milling!  Please visit NUNNGLOW site!

Environmental Problems and Violations Accumulate for Uranium Mining and Processing

While the uranium mining industry insists that the in-situ leaching process for extracting uranium is environmentally safe, mining violations and associated fines imposed by mining regulatory agencies continue to accumulate. To avoid violations, some mining companies request more lax environmental standards.

Significant problems also occur with uranium processing and transportation.

Here are some recent examples:

•Uranium Mine (Power Resources, Inc.) to pay $1.4 million settlement. See http://www.trib.com/articles/2008/07/10/news/breaking/doc4876424160775926209366.txt.

•Cameco Resources agrees to pay $50,000 fine for deficienies identified during abandoned drill hole inspection at Smith Ranch ISL site. See http://www.wise-uranium.org/umopwy.html#SMITHR.

•According to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality records, 51 requests for “amended restoration tables to make them higher” have been granted out of 80 uranium mining production areas. See http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/goliad_county/story/323434.html.

•Strathmore pays $18,000 fine for numerous violations connected to exploration activities at Sky ISL project site (Wyoming). See http://www.wise-uranium.org/upusawy.html#SKY

•The Cotter Corp. uranium mill has been cited by the state for radioactive contamination at the adjacent Shadow Hills Golf Club. See http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/aug/14/uranium-mill-cited-for-new-contamination/

•$50,000 penalty imposed on Cameco's subsidiary Crow Butte Resources for violations at ISL uranium mine (Nebraska). See http://www.wise-uranium.org/umopusa.html#CROWBCD080523

•Wyoming DEQ issues Notice of Violation to Cameco Resources for deficienies identified during abandoned drill hole inspection. See http://www.wise-uranium.org/umopwy.html#SMITHR

•Cameco Resources Reaches Settlement with Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. See http://www.cameco.com/media_gateway/news_releases/2008/news_release.php?id=236

•Wyoming Model In Situ Uranium Mine Under Scrutiny for an Alarming Volume of Environmental Violations. See http://www.nunnglow.com/latest/wyoming-deq-sanctions-uranium-mine.html.

•WISE Uranium Reports Cogema Seeks Approval for Groundwater Restoration. See http://www.nunnglow.com/latest/wise-uranium-reports-cogema-seeks-approval-for-groundwater-restoration.html

•Probe finds uranium mine violations. See http://www.nunnglow.com/probe-finds-uranium-mine-violations.html

Nuclear-power officials vow to mine uranium "the right way"

By Bruce Finley
The Denver Post
Posted: 05/27/2010 01:00:00 AM MDT

Shannon Francis, an American Indian from Denver, carries sage in a seashell to generate good energy during a demonstration march to the Grand Hyatt Hotel at 1750 Welton St. A conference in support of nuclear power was being held inside the Denver hotel. ( Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post )Uranium-mining leaders and federal regulators poised to fuel a resurgent nuclear power industry gathered in Denver.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials indicated they're expecting applications for uranium projects at 25 sites by 2013, along with applications to establish 28 new nuclear power plants.

Nuclear plants currently generate 20 percent of the electricity U.S. residents use.

But outside the conference Wednesday, American Indian demonstrators with drums and signs demanded a halt to all new uranium mining on Navajo land, where federal regulators have permitted several projects.

"Our Navajo communities rely on the groundwater for everything. These new projects could contaminate the source of drinking water for 15,000 Navajo community members," said Nadine Padilla of the Multicultural Alliance for Safe Environments. "Our communities are still living with the legacy of contamination from past uranium mining."

Uranium companies and regulators "need to deal with the legacy of past contamination before we would even consider new mining," she said.

Federal regulators say their oversight is stricter now than during the Cold War.

Federal regulators believe uranium can be mined and milled without hurting people and the environment, he said. "It's up to the industry to decide if they want to do it." he said. ". . . I don't think industry ever likes the regulatory scheme 100 percent, but they have to live with it."

Bruce Finley: 303-954-1700 or bfinley@denverpost.com
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