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Foreign Ownership Issues Could Be Toxic to Uranium Companies' Mining Plans

The Atomic Licensing Board Judges Panel hearing that was scheduled for March 24, 2009 in Rapid City, SD was canceled due to a blizzard. The meeting should be rescheduled in the next three weeks; a posting will appear on the NRC website at

The Foreign Ownership issue is raised by petitioners challenging the Cameco, Inc. license renewal and expansion for the Crow Butte Uranium Mine and its North Trend expansion plan near Crawford, Nebraska. Powertech, Inc. plans to send representatives to the hearing since they are also a foreign owned corporation based in Canada who has applied to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for an ISL mining license in the Edgemont area. The EPA is sending officials to the hearing as well.


Action Alert: 1872 Mining Act May Finally See Reform

After nearly 137 years, the antiquated Mining Act of 1872 may finally be modernized this spring! The Mining Law of 1872 is one of the last remaining dinosaurs of the old public land giveaways. Although it was enacted 135 years ago when Ulysses S. Grant was President, it still governs hardrock mining on federal lands today.

Call Rep. Betsy Markey today to ask her to co-sponsor mining reform; her phone number is 202.225.4676.

Powertech Files Request to Dig Large Water Pit

Powertech has filed a request with the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety to dig a groundwater holding pit on the Centennial Uranium Project in Weld County. The pit is to be located in Section 33 (T10N and R67W) and will be used to hold the discharge from an aquifer pumping test to be conducted in April 2009. The pit will contain a maximum of 190,000 gallons of groundwater.

Read the Request Application (in PDF format)...

Action Alert: Uranium Mining in Northern Colorado is Still a Real Possibility

On May 20, 2008 Governor Bill Ritter signed House Bill 08-1161 (PDF), the Land and Water Stewardship Act of 2008, into Colorado law. On June 2nd, Senate Bill 08-228 (PDF) was enacted which would increase public disclosure of a notice, by a mining company, of intent to conduct mining operations. While passing this legislation helped tighten uranium mining laws in the state, the struggle to protect Colorado from the possible hazards of uranium mining is far from over.

U.S. Dept of Energy To Sell Excess Uranium

In a move intended to cut federal spending and benefit U.S. taxpayers, the U.S. Department of Energy on December 16 released a plan to sell off its excess inventory of uranium. According to the agency, "The Department of Energy has a significant inventory of uranium that is excess to United States defense needs. This inventory is expensive to manage and to secure..."

Powertech Uranium Corp., along with other Canadian and U.S. firms, has been attempting to dissuade the DOE from disposing of this uranium because it will push down prices for the radioactive metal. They argue that the U.S. uranium mining industry could be hurt by the DOE sales and that a weakened mining industry would compromise U.S energy security.

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