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A 20-year moratorium on new uranium mines on 1 million acres of federal lands near the Grand Canyon hasn't stopped a new claim from being filed. The reason: The mine is being proposed on state land, which is not covered in the withdrawal. Two international mining and exploration companies propose to combine forces and drill for uranium just off the main road into Havasupai, between the trailhead into Supai and Hualapai land. Wate Mining Company, owned by Uranium One and Vane Minerals, has filed plans with the state to drill 1,600 feet deep for uranium on state land located 4 1/2 miles off Indian Route 18. It expects to mine ore over five to seven years and truck it to Blanding, Utah, for refinement into yellowcake and sale to utilities producing nuclear power. "We are in the process of getting a mineral lease and that process, the permitting, can take two years.
2012 saw French nuclear company Areva achieve record uranium production of 9760 tU, enabling the company to retain its place as the world's second-largest corporate uranium producer. The 9760 tU represents Areva's financially consolidated share from its mining interests around the world and is up from 9142 tU in 2011. The figure keeps the company in second place behind world leader Kazatomprom of Kazakhstan, with a 2012 production share of nearly 12,000 tU. According to a company press release, Areva's mining sites in Kazakhstan and Niger beat their all-time highs for the second consecutive year.
SOURCE: Research Driven Investing NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Feb 18, 2013) - The Fukushima disaster in Japan dealt a major blow to the Uranium Industry as many countries began to abort nuclear plans shortly after the incident, sending prices for uranium plummeting by as much as 40 percent. Two years after the disaster japan finally looks ready to embrace nuclear power once again.
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THE "immoral" decision to allow companies to express interest in exploring for uranium in NSW is simply testing the waters for a uranium mining industry, NSW deputy opposition leader Linda Burney says. About 100 protesters gathered outside parliament in Sydney on Tuesday to mark the end of the government's initial 60-day period for expressions of interest in uranium exploration. The protesters are highlighting the dangers of uranium mining, use and waste. Addressing the crowd, Ms Burney said it was immoral for the state government to end a 26-year bipartisan agreement on uranium mining and suggested the next step would be giving them a green light to begin extracting the radioactive material. "You don't take out the notion of exploration ... unless you're intending to go further and that is mining uranium," she said. The move by the government was not about developing clean energy but simply a "rush for cash", Ms Burney said.
Cowboy State is in the nuclear age | KULR-8 News, Sports, Weather | - Billings, MontanaLocal Coupons | Wyoming State NewsStory Published: Jun 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM MDT Story Updated: Jun 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM MDT ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo.
Wrangling over cleanup of radioactive waste at one of Colorado's worst environmental disasters grew so irksome this past spring that Gov. John Hickenlooper, the Environmental Protection Agency, Cotter Corp. and Cañon City residents have declared a timeout. The official purpose is to reset the whole process for dealing with Cotter's former uranium mill near the Arkansas River.
A briefing on uranium mining Thursday night was deeply scientific at times, full of words like "slurry," "tailings" and "acid mine drainage." But the more than 200 who attended seemed to hang on every one. The crowd that filled a ballroom at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel was bolstered by organizations fighting efforts to lift Virginia's 30-year moratorium on uranium mining. It was the first time folks in Hampton Roads have had a chance to ask questions about a National Academy of Sciences report on the subject, and those who spoke up seemed overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the ban. "Virginia is not a state to crack down on regulations," said Angela Barnes of Occupy Norfolk, commenting on the scientists' finding that there are best practices that could mitigate risk.
A press release from the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee today says a National Park Service hydrologist and others were at odds with the Interior Dept. over potential environmental impacts of uranium mining in northern Arizona [ right, one million acres of federal land withdrawn from exploration and development shown hatched. Credit, BLM ] The release said: Internal emails obtained by the House Natural Resources Committee raise significant questions into the science used by the Obama Administration to justify a 20-year ban on uranium development on one million acres of federal land in Arizona. In the emails, scientists within the National Park Service discuss how the potential environmental impacts were “grossly overestimated” in the Administration’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and that the potential impacts are “very minor to negligible.”
By Sarah Pridgeon firstname.lastname@example.org The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), along with the Powder River Basin Resource Council (PRBRC), has been granted permission to challenge Strata Energy’s proposed license for in-situ leach uranium mining in Crook County. The decision from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was unanimous, based on votes from five commissioners. The two councils have been campaigning against Strata Energy’s plans to drill uranium at the proposed Ross project, less than 20 miles from the Devils Tower.
T wo Durango women are poring over microfilm, writing letters and making telephone calls in search of evidence to tie the deaths of their husbands to the disposal of radioactive waste from Smelter Mountain a quarter of a century ago. Enlarge photo STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald Crystal Schmit, left, and Kim Nemecek hope to enlist the help of others who may have lost loved ones because of their involvement with the Smelter Mountain cleanup. Durango Herald file photo Front-end loaders shovel radioactive mill tailings in this April 1989 photo.
PERTH (miningweekly.com) – The market capitalisation of Western Australian listed companies comprising the Deloitte WA Index decreased by 2.8% in April, mainly on the back of cooling economic growth in China. The market capitalisation for the companies on the index dropped to A$164.2-billion during April, as the outlook for commodities demand in China continued to deteriorate. China’s first-quarter results showed lower-than-anticipated growth of 8.1%, the weakest result in almost three years.
The debate over uranium mining in Virginia came to UVA last week, as Southern Environmental Law Center attorney Cale Jaffe joined Virginia Uranium Inc. project manager Patrick Wales as part of the Batten School’s Energy Policy Forum. For two hours on Friday, Jaffe and Wales tackled the thorny issue of mining uranium in southern Virginia, and fielded questions from students, faculty, and members of the community. According to Uranium Virginia, Coles Hill farm in Pittsylvania County is home to the largest uranium deposit in the U.S., and one of the largest in the world. It was discovered in 1978, but has remained untouched due to a 30-year statewide ban on uranium mining.
By Brenda Norrell Photo credits: Arizona Forgotten People; South Dakota Vi Waln Native Americans in Arizona and South Dakota delivered powerful testimony on the destruction of their homelands by uranium mining, coal fired power plants and oil and gas drilling, during sessions with UN Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples James Anaya. Debra White Plume, Lakota, delivering testimony at Sinte Gleska University, on Sicangu Lakota Nation , Rosebud, South Dakota, May 1 -- 2, said it is time to halt the eco-cide of Mother Earth.