Nation’s Largest Uranium Mine Planned for N.M.

Posted: May 21, 2013 by earthfirstdurango in Uncategorized

Earth First! Newswire

by Michael Hartranft, Cross Posted from the Albuquerque Journalimages

It’s been more than a dozen years since the last uranium ore was mined in New Mexico, but a Canada-based company and a Japanese partner propose to break that spell soon.

The U.S. Forest Service expects to close the comment period in mid-June on a draft environmental impact statement prepared for the proposed Roca Honda uranium mine near Mount Taylor, which the developers say would be the largest in the U.S.

Issuance of a final EIS and approval of a plan of operation by the agency, perhaps later this year, would keep the project fixed on a path to open in several years.

mttaylorThe proposal has plenty of support from the local business community, but faces strong opposition from environmental and Native American groups.

Strathmore Minerals Corp., headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., and Sumitomo Corp. of Japan — known as the Roca…

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