Rio Grande Resources is applying to reactivate the uranium mine on Mount Taylor, a volcano north of Grants that is sacred to several Native American tribes and pueblos.
The mine was closed in 1992 but has received four standby permits since, allowing mine owners to avoid cleaning up and reclaiming the site to protect from contaminating the groundwater of nearby communities.
The request to reactivate the mine is simply a ploy to get around the New Mexico Mining Act law that doesn’t require reclamation until the mine closes permanently.
The state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department will hold a public hearing at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in Grants about the permit to reactivate Mount Taylor uranium mine.
Please attend this meeting to send a loud message to the state and Rio Grande Resources that it is time to permanently close and clean up the Mount Taylor Zombie Mine!
What: Environment Department public meeting on permit to reactivate Mount Taylor uranium mine.
Where: Cibola County Offices Commission meeting room,
515 West High St. in Grants, N.M.
When: 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4
For more information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Tohe, Our Wild America New Mexico representative, Sierra Club
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