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theenergynet on 2010-03-15A federal appeals court this week moved to allow uranium mining operations in Churchrock, a Navajo community just east of Gallup, New Mexico.
The decision by the Federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals comes at a time of increased financial incentives for uranium mining—but also intense opposition from many communities, including the Navajo Nation, which outlawed uranium mining in 2005.
“This ruling is a major breakthrough for URI and upholds the NRC [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] license that took us 10 years to obtain and as many to address in supplemental reviews and litigation,” Don Ewigleben, President and CEO of Uranium Resources, said in a statement this week. “… The ruling also demonstrates that ISR technology, including the restoration process that follows mining activity, is safe and effective.”