Uranium & Mining
As people around the world debate whether nuclear energy is our saving grace or the technology that might eventually destroy the planet, speculation drives the uranium industry to lands in and around the Uravan Mineral Belt, which follows the Dolores River Corridor in southwest Colorado. Our goal is to move an industry with a long sordid history of contamination into remediation and opportunities for renewable energy development.
Energy Fuels has finally made public the information that we have seen in their financial statements for a few years. They do not have the funds or the intention to build the Piñon Ridge Mill any time soon. In a liquidation of debt-ridden U.S. assets Denison Inc., another Canadian mining company, dumped its U.S. holdings, including the only operational uranium mill in the United State—White Mesa Mill just across the border in Blanding, Utah. The White Mesa Mill is currently processing radioactive waste in order to keep the plant alive. With the acquisition of the Blanding mill, it is unlikely that there will ever be the need for another mill within 60 miles. While our legal challenges of the Piñon Ridge Mill continue with the latest favorable ruling in State Court, we hope that Energy Fuels will stop irresponsibly misleading rural communities once dependent on uranium and that local officials and community leaders can transition into a more resilient economy, including remediation projects, clean energy development, agriculture, and recreational and cultural opportunities. (Learn more information about the Piñon Ridge licensing process.)
After successfully challenging the Department of Energy’s Uranium Leasing Program Finding of No Significant Impact, we forced the DOE to start over on a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the leasing program, which covers over 27,000 acres of lands in Mesa, Montrose, San Miguel and Dolores Counties. After releasing a draft PEIS that fell woefully short of a full cumulative analysis of impacts from the proposed leasing, SMA, along with our conservation partners and hundreds of concerned citizens, submitted comments asking the DOE to stop the leasing program, keep the uranium reserves safely in the ground, remediate lands already contaminated with uranium mining and turn the surface management over to the BLM.