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The world’s largest publicly traded uranium company, Cameco (Canadian Mining and Energy Co.) had a revenue of $2.48 billion in 2013 (Canadian and US $ were at parity then). Cameco clearly doesn’t want to clean-up the water, which they have fouled, or they would not be “deeply concerned” about the cost of a weak, toothless, US EPA proposal. If they were good corporate citizens, they would have included the cost of groundwater restoration before they started mining.
In the uranium mining business for decades, and with over 3,000 workers , Cameco requested an extension to the US EPA comment period on a ISL (In Situ Leach) uranium mining water restoration proposal, suggesting a) lack of technical staff to review the information and b) citing concerns regarding cost of clean-up and long-term monitoring! The long-term monitoring is actually only 3 years and not 30 years as the EPA tries to imply. So what are the 3,000 plus workers doing? Hanging out in all you can eat buffets in Saskatoon? Casper’s has gone out of business. Cameco also wanted the EPA to come from DC to Wyoming, which would save Cameco travel time from Saskatoon! Of course, Cameco got what it wanted – extension and extra hearing closer to their home.
Oh, Ca-na-da! Master and destroyer of the Americas? The mostly toothless nature of the US EPA proposal suggests that the pollution by Cameco is extreme and out of control, or they would not be alarmed by the weak, loop-hole ridden, US EPA water restoration proposal.
“Cameco Resources is requesting this extension to allow adequate time to review and prepare comment on the Subpart F proposal and understand the potential impacts of this proposal not only on existing ISR uranium operations, but also development projects. The rulemaking is based on information contained in a large number of documents that are of a technical nature and thus require time to review. All of the technical assumptions used for the rulemaking came from public sources, requiring additional review time for verification. For example, an initial review of the economic evaluation appears to show unrealistic assumptions were used to calculate the cost effects of the rule making. From an initial review, we are deeply concerned about the cost data and calculations because they do not address the full complement of legal and regulatory issues, as well as costs associated with long term monitoring at ISR facilities.” Cameco (Emphasis added; See document below; ISR is a euphemism for In Situ Leach (ISL) uranium mining).
Comment Today until 11.59 pm Washington DC (Eastern) Time: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0788-0065
(Emphasis added to the original which is public record.)
For more info about the US EPA proposal see here:
Please support this Navajo Nation comment when writing your own: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/navajo-nation-doj-on-epas-isl-uranium-water-restoration-proposal/
CBR is Cameco’s Crow Butte ISL uranium mine near the Nebraska, S. Dakota border. Pine Ridge is a Lakota Sioux Indian Reservation: “It is believed there is a relationship between the ninety-eight (98) closed wells on the Western side of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and certain incidences of cancer, kidney disease, birth defects, miscarriages and infant brain seizures on the Reservation which is downwind and downstream of CBR’s existing ISL mining operation. Under the doctrine of Res Ipsa Loquitor, the burden of proof shifts to CBR to show that its operations have no causal connection to the contamination of the Pine Ridge water wells or the diseases of the people who drank and bathed in that water.” http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML0733/ML073370202.pdf
Cameco’s Crow Butte ISL Uranium Mine
 “Cameco Corporation is the world’s largest publicly traded uranium company, based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In 2012, it was the world’s third largest uranium producer, accounting for 14% of world production.… Revenue $2.438 billion CAD (2013)…Number of employees, 3,300 Globally (2010)” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameco Map location exported to google maps from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casper,_Wyoming