Uranium mining approved in Navajo Nation

28 July 2005

A judge at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has endorsed a plan to extract uranium in northwestern New Mexico.

New Mexico-based Hydro Resources Inc has applied to the NRC for permission to conduct in-situ leaching in which solvents are injected underground to release uranium so it can be pumped to the surface.

The move came despite the concerns of some Navajos over the potential for groundwater contamination at three proposed mining sites near Crownpoint and Church Rock.

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