U.S. violated human rights in uranium mine licensing in Navajo Nation


Uneva Uranium Mine in Utah

With historic uranium mine sites already polluting communities, members of the Navajo Nation have been fighting for 27 years to stop a new mining initiative from starting in the Crownpoint and Church Rock areas.

On Thursday, the Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining took that fight to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, arguing that the United States and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s approval of Hydro Resources Inc. mines violated the human rights of Navajo Nation residents…

In Thursday’s filing, ENDAUM alleges that this license approval came despite the fact that NRC knew the mining will contaminate water and that the communities already have increased risk of disease and death from historic uranium mining and milling promoted by the United States…

Uncle Sugar treats all its citizens as pawns in the game of profiteering. The nuclear version of the game adds death and destruction, poisoned water and land, to the equation.

One thought on “U.S. violated human rights in uranium mine licensing in Navajo Nation

  1. Bilagáana says:

    “Navajo Nation pushes for radioactive waste remnants to be fully removed : The United Nuclear Corporation is asking to transfer 1 million cubic yards of mine waste to a spot still near the Nation” https://sourcenm.com/2021/10/22/navajo-nation-pushes-for-radioactive-waste-remnants-to-be-fully-removed/
    “The Church Rock uranium mill site is owned by United Nuclear Corporation, and in 1979 this site is where 93 million gallons of radioactive tailings were released into the Pipeline Arroyo and Puerco River. This is the biggest radioactive spill in U.S. History.
    It’s well-documented how this spill has impacted the Navajo people, poisoning the water and land. But this is not a devastation of the past, because waste remnants still exist. Where to dump those remnants is the issue before the Navajo Environmental Protection Agency and the Red Water Pond Road Community Association today.”

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