The #BearsEars Buttes and the #Daneros #uranium mine near #BearsEarsNationalMonument, #Utah Aerials flown by: @lighthawk_org
Grand Canyon Trust has appealed the BLM's approval of expansion plans for the Daneros uranium mine on the doorstep of Bears Ears and #NaturalBridgesNationalMonument.
We did so because we believe that the BLM did not take a hard look at the potential impacts the mine expansion might have, and did not consider any alternatives other than keeping things as they are and the expansion as proposed by Energy Fuels. The BLM now has until mid-October to respond.
The BLM approval would allow Energy Fuels to expand the Daneros Mine to more than 10 times its current size, from 4.5 acres to 46 acres, increase uranium ore production from 100,000 tons to half a million tons, and extend the life of the mine from seven to 20 years. The BLM decision also greenlights the expansion of the mine’s waste-rock, uranium ore, and low-grade ore storage sites twentyfold and allows Energy Fuels to construct up to eight new ventilation shafts and associated access roads anywhere in a nearly 1,200-acre area around the mine. Uranium ore recovered at the mine would betrucked through Bears Ears National Monument to the company’s White Mesa Mill.
#Radiation is particularly insidious because you can’t see it, smell it, or taste it, and yet it can be harmful to human health for generations. Instead of opening new and expanding old uranium mines, our society should be doing our best to clean up our toxic legacy for the generations yet to be born. We’re working to make sure that this mine does not add to that legacy.
Learn more at grandcanyontrust.org, search "Daneros." #StandWithTribes #StandWithBearsEars #publiclands #nationalmonuments #ProtectBearsEars #ThisLandisOurLand #monumentsforall #saveouroutdoors #keepitpublic #monumentsmatter #FindYourPark #weloveUtah #Utahgram #BeUTAHful #getoutside #nature #conservation #ColoradoPlateau #mining