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The comment deadline is apparently office closing time on Monday, in Utah, whenever that is. To be safe we recommend 4 pm NY-DC time if possible. Most likely it will be a few hours later. Scroll down for how to comment.
Less than 10 miles from Natural Bridges National Monument-Park; Around 30 miles from the Canyonlands National Park. This are public mineral rights being given to a Canadian Mining Co, under the 1872 Mining Law. If such an abusive law existed in other countries do-good NGOs would be raising hell.
The same company, Energy Fuels, is trying to mine uranium near the Grand Canyon, by reviving an old permit.
It is also public land.
The uranium will probably go to S. Korea, since a representative of Korean Electric (KEPCO) HYUNG MUN BAE is on the board of Energy Fuels. As of 2013, Korea’s KEPCO was the largest shareholder of Energy Fuels and an affiliate of KEPCO was Energy Fuels largest uranium customer. https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1385849/000106299313005863/exhibit99-108.htm
“The proposed modifications include expanding facilities at two [uranium] mine portals, adding ventilation holes and expanding the [uranium] mine surface area from 4.5 acres to 46 acres. Under the modified plan, total production of uranium ore is expected to increase from 100,000 tons over seven years to 500,000 tons over 20 years. (BLM.gov)
Although in the lower right it says “miles”, both appear to be in “km”. Is this for the convenience of the Canadian mining company and KEPCO ? To confuse people? American runners know that a 5 km race is 3.1 miles.
Grand Canyon Trust warns: “A subsidiary of Canada-based Energy Fuels wants to expand a uranium mine on public land near Utah’s nationally treasured Cedar Mesa. And the federal Bureau of Land Management is preparing to rubberstamp it without requiring a full environmental review.” Read more and see sample comment letter here: http://grandcanyontrust.nonprofitsoapbox.com/daneros And, here: http://www.grandcanyontrust.org/blog/daneros-uranium-mine-call-caution
This Daneros proposal for uranium mining expansion is for a low grade ore. Approximately 99.76% IS WASTE-WASTE ROCK. The ore has an average grade of 0.28% U3O8) and approximately 0.24% uranium. http://www.wise-uranium.org/upusaut.html Compare to Cigar Lake uranium mine in Saskatchewan, Canada, which is 16.7% U3O8, according to Cameco. Here are its estimated non-radiological emissions: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/54345/73737/81008/Appendix_F_-_Daneros_Mine_Emission_Summary_-_Average_and_Peak.pdf Furthermore, it is a vented underground mine so there will be mine vents, which apparently will discharge unfiltered (or maybe partially filtered) radioactive gases and perhaps particles. There are also open tailings ponds. Read about the wastes from uranium mining here: http://www.wise-uranium.org/uwai.html
Documents and Place to Comment here: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=dispatchToPatternPage¤tPageId=71596
We recommend that you comment anonymously, especially due to some of the players involved. You may use a pseudonym, since BLM claims they won’t take anonymous comments. Make certain that the name is common. You can also type anonymous as protest and say so. Make up a zip code. You may also wish to call and complain anonymously from a blocked phone number. You vote anonymously. Why do they refuse anonymous comments? Do they want the names of the opposition out there for the mining companies or nefarious people within the US government? The US NRC at least pretends to respond to substance of concerns and allows anonymity. The EPA and most other governmental agencies allow anonymous comment. All citizens should be allowed to vote anonymously on these topics. If you wish to use your own name, it may be a good idea to submit it through Grand Canyon Trust, as they will surely keep a record. Also, keep a record. Note that the BLM changed the link once and may change it again. Another way is to go to: http://go.usa.gov/cuMrG choose “documents”, within documents is the comment option! Another tutorial is at the bottom. We will keep check on the link and may put up a full tutorial if needed. Is it a defective web site or an attempt to keep people from commenting on their public lands? You be the judge.
The BLM supervises public lands. The fact that they are asking for comments means that this is public land-resources and EnergyFuels is mining under the 1872 mining law: The Mining Law allows mining companies to take (actually to steal) valuable hardrock minerals including gold, silver, and uranium from public lands without royalty payment to the Federal government unlike companies that extract coal, oil or natural gas. They take and then destroy valuable public lands for no more than $5 per acre — 1872 prices, while running away with the gold, etc. See more at: https://www.earthworksaction.org/issues/detail/general_mining_law_of_1872 Also: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/11/06/us-hardrock-mining-and-reclamation-act-of-2015-still-patently-unfair/ [ For those applying after mid 2014: “The new location fee is $37 for each mining claim or site. The new maintenance fee is $155 for each lode mining claim, mill site, or tunnel site; and $155 for each 20 acres or portion thereof for each placer mining claim.” https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/06/30/2014-15259/required-fees-for-mining-claims-or-sites That is $7.75 per acre maintenance fee, barely more than $5.00. But, apparently a one-time small fee was all that was required for many registered prior to 1994.]
If you are a US citizen this is legally your land (communally like a public park), not that of a Canadian or Russian (or any other) mining companies. This is not to overlook that it’s really American Indian land. The Navajo Nation doesn’t want any more uranium mining. They have illegalised it. Neither does the White Mesa community of the Ute Mountain Ute American Indian Nation: http://grandcanyontrust.nonprofitsoapbox.com/uranium-poisoning Most importantly it is God’s land and we are to protect and be good stewards of the environment and the animals and future generations who cannot vote.
“The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.”
Among Energy Fuels Board Members is a representative of Korean Electric Power Co – in 2013 Energy Fuels’ most important customer – suggesting that some, maybe all, of the uranium will go to S. Korea , instead of helping US “energy security”, as alleged. Another board member is CEO of Lundin Gold, and yet another used to serve as VP of the Lundin Group. Adolph Lundin, now dead (2006), of the Lundin group was accused of serious human rights violations. See for instance: https://www.hrw.org/reports/2003/sudan1103/25.htm Lundin Gold was founded by a son. There is also a shared board member with Plateau Uranium, formerly Macusani Yellowcake. In 2007 (Bush was President; Hillary a Pres candidate), Lundin gave a lot of money to the Clinton Foundation: http://web.archive.org/web/20160706005427/https://www.clintonfoundation.org/main/news-and-media/press-releases-and-statements/press-release-lundin-group-commits-100-million-to-clinton-giustra-sustainable-gr.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_H._Lundin
South Korea has decided that they may prefer to give someone else their nuclear waste. There is a good chance that if they are allowed to steal more of America’s uranium, they will use that as an excuse to dump the nuclear waste they created back upon America’s shores.
“SOUTH KOREA TO PICK SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL SITE BY 2028, EYES OVERSEAS STORAGE Mon Jul 25, 2016 5:28am EDT SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea plans to select a site for permanent storage of its high level radioactive waste by 2028, and will also consider looking to store spent nuclear fuel overseas, the government said on Monday.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/FAKUSSMlNqE/us-nuclear-southkorea-idUSKCN1050K1
Not only will the proposed mining expansion impact the Natural Bridges National Monument, it will impact nearby American Indian Reservations.
Electricity at Natural Bridges National Monument itself is produced from the sun- the only safe nuclear power: https://www.nps.gov/nabr/planyourvisit/solarpower.htm
Horsecollar Ruins (NPS photo by Neal Herbert)
Some of these mining guys have it in for rock art, it seems, as they are endangering it in the US (Daneros), and threatening to destroy it in Peru (Plateau Uranium, formerly MacYel).
Rock Art (NPS photo by Jacob W. Frank)
Sipapu Bridge (NPS photo by Jacob W. Frank)
“The Horsecollar Site was discovered by non-Indians in the late 1880’s. In 1907, an archeological expedition documented the site and later recommended the establishment of Natural Bridges National Monument (which was founded the next year)”
“The Horsecollar Ruin Site is a major attraction at Natural Bridges, and one of the best-preserved ancestral Puebloan sites in the area. Named because the doorways to two structures resemble horsecollars, the site was abandoned more than 700 years ago. Its remarkable state of preservation, including an undisturbed kiva with the original roof and interior, is likely due to the isolation of Natural Bridges: few visitors ever made the journey down these canyons“. https://www.nps.gov/nabr/planyourvisit/horsecollar.htm (Or, perhaps they were respectful visitors.)
“On June 29, 2012, Energy Fuels acquired the Daneros mine from Denison Mines in Utah’s White Canyon District. Energy Fuels produced from the Daneros mine until October 2012, at which time the mine was placed on standby, care, and maintenance. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranium_mining_in_Utah
The uranium mining will impact American Indians – the Ute near the White Mesa Mill and possibly the Navajo who are nearby. 47.1% of San Juan County are American Indian and Alaska Native alone, (July 1, 2015, (V2015) http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/49037 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ute_Mountain_Ute_Tribe
The board of Energy Fuels includes-has included at least 2 directors from Plateau Uranium Inc, formerly Macusani Yellowcake. Currently its interlocking director is Dennis Higgs; formerly it was Richard Patricio. Uranium mining at Macusani Corani by Plateau Uranium would endanger the largest tropical ice cap and 10,000 year old rock art and Alpaca: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/05/04/in-peril-10000-yr-old-rock-art-largest-tropical-ice-cap-and-all-life-due-to-proposed-uranium-other-mining-at-macusani-corani-peru
It has an interlocking director with Lundin Gold, Inc., in the form of Ron F. Hochstein, President and CEO of Lundin Gold Inc. Hochstein also was President, CEO and COO of Denision Mines at various times. He is or was a director of Sprott Resource Corp. He has worked for Noranda Minerals, too. Another director, Mr. Frydenlund was Vice President of the Lundin Group of international public mining and oil and gas companies from 1996 to 97, in the period that it was accused of human rights violations. See: https://www.hrw.org/reports/2003/sudan1103/25.htm
Lundin Gold has the Fruta del Norte Gold Mine in Ecuador: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/shuar-indigenous-leaders-call-for-halting-mineral-extraction-after-murder-of-mine-opponent-china-state-owned-ecuacorrientes-must-go/ Nothing may be found of the (other) main opponent of late. Was he also killed? Did he die of old age? Or? Note what he said
“to get the gold they will have to kill every one of us.” https://web.archive.org/web/20160304075152/http://www.salon.com/2013/02/10/to_get_the_gold_they_will_have_to_kill_every_one_of_us/ He may have simply retired as leader. Some Shuar have recently expressed a willingness to talk with the Lundins, though remaining more skeptical of the Chinese mining company. Others have remarked that they lost their land to mining companies; they now must buy food and the pay is too low and the work dangerous. http://youtu.be/muo3pcvch7A The apparent reason for the higher concern with the Chinese mining company is that the mining operations have started and the noise, displacements, and damage is visible. Lundin Gold is just now starting or about to start up operations.
“BLM Extends Public Comment Period on Proposed Uranium Mine Plan Modification
Monticello, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management Monticello Field Office is seeking public comments on an environmental assessment for a proposal to modify a mine plan for the Daneros Uranium Mine in San Juan County. In response to several requests, BLM is extending comment period two additional weeks. Comments will be accepted through close of business, August 1, 2016.
The environmental assessment analyzes potential impacts of proposed changes to Energy Fuels’ operating plan. The proposed modification would allow the company to continue mining a uranium deposit…
The proposed modifications include expanding facilities at two mine portals, adding ventilation holes and expanding the mine surface area from 4.5 acres to 46 acres. Under the modified plan, total production of uranium ore is expected to increase from 100,000 tons over seven years to 500,000 tons over 20 years.
To minimize the amount of surface disturbance at any one time, much of the construction and mining would be completed in phases. Concurrent reclamation would be completed on areas no longer needed for operations. At the end of the project, all disturbed acres would be reclaimed.” [It is impossible or almost impossible to “reclaim”. They will be allowed to throw radioactive waste rock full of radium back into the old mine.] “ The environmental assessment provides in-depth analysis of several issues identified during scoping including air quality, water quality and human health and safety. The EA and specific project information, including maps, are available at the BLM ePlanning website, http://go.usa.gov/cuMrG.
Comments will be accepted through an extended public comment period ending August 1, 2016. Comments may be submitted electronically through the ePlanning website or submitted by mail to: “Attn: Daneros EA Comment”, BLM Monticello Field Office, PO Box 7, Monticello, UT 84535.
Commenters should be aware that their entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While commenters can ask the BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. The BLM will not consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and businesses and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses will be available for public inspection in their entirety.
For further information, contact Ted McDougall at (435)587-1500. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact McDougall during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The BLM will reply during normal business hours. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr @BLMUtah
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of AmericaÂ’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.
–BLM–” http://www.blm. gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/july/blm_extends_public.html
Tutorials in case they move the link again:
Go to: http://go.usa.gov/cuMrG
choose “documents”, within documents is the comment option!
Click on “nepa”
Choose “open comment”
choose “documents”, within documents is the comment option!