HOME – A Zine About Nuclear New Mexico

by Rachel Abeyta SACRIFICE ZONE: noun a geographic area that has been impaired by environmental damage or economic disinvestment, most commonly found in low-income and minority communities New Mexico is famous for being the home of the world’s first atomic bomb, … Continue reading

Legacy of Death from Building the Bomb

US Nuclear Weapons Complex Leaves ‘Legacy of Death on American Soil’ by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer for CommonDreams New investigative reporting from McClatchy has exposed the hidden legacy—and “enormous human cost”—of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, providing “an unprecedented glimpse of the costs … Continue reading

Inside America’s Atomic State

Residents of new Mexico reflect on the toxic legacy of life at the center of the US nuclear complex by Samuel Gilbert/Al Jazeera Seventy years ago last August, a B-29 bomber named the Enola Gay released its 4,000kg load over … Continue reading

Clean Up the Barrick Gold/Homestake Uranium Mine

The EPA has documented serious health effects from the abandoned Barrick Gold/Homestake uranium mine and mill.  Nevertheless, plans to open the nation’s largest uranium mine in the same area north of Milan, New Mexico are continuing. Multiple permits are necessary to open the mine, but none … Continue reading

Post ’71 Health Survey

The Post ’71 Survey is a health survey highlighting the severe illnesses of uranium miners, millers and transporters who worked after 1971 and are suffering adverse effects from uranium exposure. People who worked in the uranium mines before 1971 qualify for federal … Continue reading

Energy Fuels’ Roca Honda Mine Project

Energy Fuels and Sumitomo of Japan have launched a joint venture to mine uranium on the flanks of Mount Taylor, sacred mountain for Diné and Pueblo peoples and a registered National Cultural Site. The Roca Honda Mine would be located in … Continue reading

Mt. Taylor and the Roca Honda Mine

A Nasty Record of Devastation By Journal Staff 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 … Continue reading

“Downwinders” Interviews: Israel Martinez, Uranium Miner

Israel Martinez worked for United Nuclear Partners as a motor man at section 23 in the Grants Mineral Belt, New Mexico. He also worked at section 25, mining uranium underground for five years from May 17, 1977 until June 1982. … Continue reading

Living with the Homestake Uranium Tailings Pile

The Homestake-Barrick Gold 90-foot tailing pile looms over some 75 households. It is composed of two unlined piles holding about 22 million tons of processed uranium ore and covers 255 acres. These households are stuck with homes they can’t sell … Continue reading

Nuclear Free Zone Declaration for NW New Mexico/Grants Uranium Belt

NUCLEAR FREE ZONE DECLARATION for the Northwest New Mexico/Grants Uranium Belt Uranium mining and milling activities in the Grants Uranium Belt of New Mexico form a critical link in the nuclear fuel chain that supplies nuclear power plants and nuclear … Continue reading

Uranium Project Proposed near Church Rock

Uranium Fracking? Officials with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are conducting an environmental review of a proposed uranium project in western New Mexico. Commission staff began their three-day visit Tuesday. They’re reviewing plans related to a proposal by Hydro Resources Inc. to … Continue reading

Nuclear Cycle Contamination in New Mexico

New Mexico has a unique combination of many aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle from uranium mining to uranium enrichment for nuclear power; weapons manufacturing to weapons testing; deconversion and testing of depleted uranium; storage and disposal of nuclear waste; and finally nuclear and chemical contamination of the water, air, land and people. Continue reading