NM offers help with uranium mine cleanup

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is offering to help the Navajo Nation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figure out how to best use $1 billion for cleaning up abandoned uranium mines throughout the region.

The offer was made public Wednesday as the state scrambles for a seat at the table of what is expected to be a massive undertaking.

SD tribe invokes treaties against new uranium mine

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Oglala Sioux Tribe in southwestern South Dakota is invoking federal treaties and international agreements in protest of a proposed uranium mine in the western part of the state.

Tribal president Bryan Brewer is demanding protection from the federal government from "immediate threat of contamination and irreparable harm."

Proposed western SD uranium mine clears hurdle

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued an operating license for a proposed uranium mine in western South Dakota's Black Hills, though it isn't the only hurdle for the project and opponents say they'll fight the move.

The federal commission said in a statement that a review "concluded the proposed facility can operate safely, including management of radiological and chemical hazards, groundwater protection, and eventual cleanup and decommissioning."

Navajo to benefit from $1B for uranium cleanup

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — More than $1 billion is going to help clean up abandoned uranium mines that have left a legacy of disease and death on the Navajo Nation.

The money is part of a $5.15 billion settlement that the federal government reached with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for the cleanup of thousands of long-contaminated sites nationwide. The settlement announced Thursday resolves a legal battle over Tronox Inc., a 2005 spinoff of Kerr-McGee Corp. that Anadarko acquired in 2006.

US reaches $5.15 billion environmental settlement with Anadarko

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government on Thursday reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination, to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites tainted with hazardous chemicals for decades.

The bulk of the money — $4.4 billion — will pay for environmental cleanup and be used to settle claims stemming from the legacy contamination.

The settlement resolves a legal battle over Tronox Inc., a 2005 spinoff of Kerr-McGee Corp., a company Anadarko acquired in 2006.

Environmentalists oppose nuclear plant extension

FULTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri environmental group is urging federal regulators to hold off on issuing a 20-year extension for a central Missouri nuclear power plant until questions about future storage of fuel rods are answered.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission conducted public meetings in Fulton on Wednesday to discuss the first draft of an environmental impact statement for Ameren's Callaway Energy Center, the Fulton Sun (http://bit.ly/1epqq6j ) reported.

The report is connected to Ameren's December 2011 application for a 20-year extension to its current 40-year operating license that expires in 2024.

Companies waiting on Wyoming uranium projects until the market improves

Casper Star-Tribune

Several companies, including Canada-based Cameco Corp., say they won't begin production at several insitu uranium mines in Wyoming even though they've received permits, as they are waiting for market prices to increase, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.

Russia resumes nuclear fuel transit through Ukraine


Russian company Rosatom will resume shipments of nuclear fuel to Europe via Ukraine after transportation was halted during anti-government protests in January and February, Reuters reports.

Japanese reactor restarts to affect uranium prices, mining M&A


Restarts for Japanese reactors shut down in the wake of the Fukushima crisis will likely boost uranium prices and revive takeover activity in the mining sector, Bloomberg predicts.

Uranium pollution driving Navajo from their NM land

The New York Times

Uranium pollution from old mine waste may force some Navajo to abandon their New Mexico tribal land permanently, The New York Times reports.


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