The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is writing a “generic” environmental impact statement (GEIS) for all “in-situ” uranium mining proposals. They’re accepting comments through September 4th.
Please act now to tell the NRC a GEIS is a bad idea for communities and our water.
If adopted, the GEIS would:
- restrict public comment on future uranium licenses
- prevent the environmental review now required for individual mining proposals
- force a one-size-fits-all approach on communities faced by this type of uranium mining
100% certain water pollution
In-situ mining is the intentional pollution of ground water with toxic chemicals that strip uranium from the ground without actually moving earth.
Imagine a company injecting a toxic solution into the ground with a huge syringe in one place, and sucking it out of the ground (along with dissolved uranium) with a huge straw in another place, and you have the general idea.
Mining companies hope they can clean up the toxics not sucked from the ground after the mining is complete. To date, no in-situ mine has restored pre-mining water quality.
In-situ mining uranium mining is on the rise
In-situ mining is the most common form of new uranium mining proposals in the U.S. As the price of uranium continues to rise, more and more corporations are trying to get in on the profits by applying for licenses for in situ mining.
Thank you for your support,
Roger Featherstone & Alan Septoff, EARTHWORKS