Mt. Taylor and the Roca Honda Mine

A Nasty Record of Devastation

By on Sun, Jul 7, 2013

Don’t let Strathmore Minerals Mine Uranium in N.M.
By Candace Head-Dylla

In a June 22 op-ed column published in the Journal, John DeJoia of Strathmore Minerals refers to a front-page headline about the nation’s largest uranium mine planned for New Mexico. I would refer readers to another front-page story in the Journal that exposes death and illnesses in my community, which is suffering from radon levels 18 times higher than the EPA considers an acceptable cancer risk for radionuclides in ambient air.

As we reported before, (Forest Service Releases Draft EIS for Roca Honda Mine near Mount Taylor), the Canadian giant Strathmore Minerals and Sumitomo Metals Mining of Japan have launched a joint venture on the flanks of Mount Taylor, sacred mountain for Dine and Pueblo peoples and a registered National Cultural Site. The Forest Service had just issued its Draft Environmental Impact Statement as a step toward approving the project.

Nation’s largest uranium mine planned for N.M.

 

It’s been more than a dozen years since the last uranium ore was mined in New Mexico, but a Canada-based company and a Japanese partner propose to break that spell soon.

The U.S. Forest Service expects to close the comment period in mid-June on a draft environmental impact statement prepared for the proposed Roca Honda uranium mine near Mount Taylor, which the developers say would be the largest in the U.S.

The Canadian giant Strathmore Minerals and Sumitomo Metals Mining of Japan have launched a joint venture on the flanks of Mount Taylor, sacred mountain for Dine and Pueblo peoples and a registered National Cultural Site.


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