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As a safe, clean, reliable, and affordable source of power, nuclear energy and the uranium it relies upon are in the news. Here are a few recent news articles, news releases and reports about uranium mining and nuclear energy that provide more information that can help you more fully understand what is at stake:

House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (WA) and National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT) sent a letter yesterday to Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar urging the Administration to comply with outstanding requests for documents regarding the Obama Administration’s decision to institute a 20-year ban on uranium development on one million acres of federal land in Arizona.  (September 18, 2012)

Indy Car Driver Talks about Nuclear Energy — Indy car driver Simona de Silvestro was surprised by the lack of knowledge about nuclear power in the United States when she moved to this country to pursue her racing career. (September 4, 2012)

U.S. House Passes National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act — By a vote of 256 to 160, the U.S. House passed H.R. 4402, the National Strategic and Critical Mineral Production Act of 2012, a measure to streamline permitting for U.S. strategic and critical minerals. (July 12, 2012)

Kaibab National Forest Releases Review of Canyon Mine Documents — Based on the results of the mineral validity examination, Denison Mines, which owns Canyon Mine, is expected to resume operations at the mine under its approved plan of operations. (June 25, 2012)

Arizona Game and Fish Commission Votes to Oppose Proposal to Create Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument — Citing a long list of concerns, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted to oppose the proposed Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument, which as envisioned would encompass 1.7 million acres of northern Arizona. (May 11, 2012)

Salazar the Mighty Hunter? — If Ken Salazar thinks he's following in the footsteps of Teddy Roosevelt, there are some in Mohave County who wonder why. (June 18, 2012)

Obama's War on Resource Industries — As much as President Barack Obama claims to be concerned about jobs for Americans, he has a strange way of showing it. Three recent actions in Alaska, West Virginia, and Arizona reveal the astonishing ways in which the Obama administration is twisting our nation's environmental laws in order to block natural resource production, and destroy jobs in the process. (June 13, 2012)

Leaked Interior Department Emails Point to Political Motives in Mining Ban — In what could prove to be a major embarrassment for the Department of Interior (DOI) [and may also play a key role in the numerous lawsuits], a clutch of recently leaked emails suggest that the department may have had little to no scientific evidence supporting its January decision to withdraw over 1 million acres in northern Arizona from new uranium mining claims due to concerns about ground water contamination. (June 12, 2012)

Vane Minerals Files to Intervene in the NMA/NEI Lawsuit — Vane Minerals has joined legal proceedings with the National Mining Association (NMA) and Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) against the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) seeking compensation for the damages that the Company sustained by the withdrawal by the DOI of over one million acres of federal lands in northern Arizona. (June 4, 2012)

Politics, Not Science, at Heart of Uranium Mining Ban in Arizona — Obama administration officials banned mining across one million acres of the most uranium rich land in the United States for 20 years using questionable science to back up their claims that uranium production would adversely affect the environment. (June 4, 2012)

Email Leak Reveals Scientific Evidence is Lacking for Halting Uranium Mining — U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, chairman of the House National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee and representative of Utah’s District 1, announced Wednesday that he is “concerned and troubled” by the contents of an internal email exchange between National Park Service officials. (May 25, 2012)

Obama Blocks Uranium Mining without the Support of Science — Those of you east of the Mighty Mississippi might be surprised at this, but energy advocates in the West are merely shaking their heads and recalling the immortal words of Captain Renault from Casablanca: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” (May 24, 2012)

Science the Center of GOP/Obama's Latest Uranium Mining Battle — The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee has demanded several federal agencies turn over all documents concerning the withdrawal of 1 million acres from uranium mining in Arizona. (May 23, 2012)

Park Service Hydrologist Disputed Impacts from Uranium Mining — a National Park Service hydrologist and others were at odds with the Interior Dept. over potential environmental impacts of uranium mining in northern Arizona. (May 23, 2012)

Leaked Emails Show ‘Grossly Overestimated’ Environmental Report to Back Up Mining Ban — Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee are demanding answers from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about leaked emails showing that the administration lacked scientific justification for blocking uranium mining on one million acres of previously designated federal lands in Arizona. (May 23, 2012)

Letter to Secretary Salazar from Doc Hastings and Rob Bishop of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources — requesting copies of all documents, emails, notes, briefing papers and memoranda concerning comments on, edits to, and/or revisions to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Final Environmental Impact Statement, and/or Record of Decision for the Northern Arizona Proposed Withdrawal created between January 1, 2009 and the present date from a long list of individuals. (May 23, 2012)

Internal emails obtained by the House Natural Resources Committee raise significant questions into the science used by the Obama Administration to justify a 20-year ban on uranium development on one million acres of federal land in Arizona. In the emails, scientists within the National Park Service discuss how the potential environmental impacts were “grossly overestimated” in the Administration’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and that the potential impacts are “very minor to negligible.”

Government Scientist Believed Impacts from Arizona Uranium Mining "Grossly Overestimated" in Obama Administration Document — Internal emails obtained by the House Natural Resources Committee raise significant questions into the science used by the Obama Administration to justify a 20-year ban on uranium development on one million acres of federal land in Arizona. (May 23, 2012)

Mohave County supervisors joined with Washington, Kane, San Juan and Garfield counties in Utah on Monday in a joint effort to help keep open public lands for uranium mining. (May 8, 2012)

Washington County Joins Uranium Mining Lawsuit — Washington County [Utah] officials agreed Tuesday [May 1] to join a lawsuit [Quaterra and Mohave County] against the federal government's decision banning new uranium mining on Arizona Strip public lands. (May 1, 2012)  Read the Complaint They Are Joining

Quaterra Resources Sues U.S. Government Over Arizona Strip Uranium Land Withdrawal — Quaterra Resources Inc. together with co-Plaintiff the Board of Supervisors, Mohave County, Arizona, have filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the State of Arizona Prescott Division naming as Defendants the United States Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management. The lawsuit seeks to reverse a 20-year closure of one million acres of uranium-rich public lands located near Grand Canyon. (April 18, 2012)  Read the Complaint

Arizona Lawmakers Push to Take Over Federal Land — Another "sagebrush rebellion" is spreading through legislatures in Arizona and other Western states with a series of formal demands that the federal government hand over title to tens of millions of acres of forests, ranges and other public lands. (March 26, 2012)

Northwest Mining Association (NWMA) files a complaint in federal district court in Arizona — seeking to overturn [Interior] Secretary Salazar’s Public Land Order withdrawing more than 1 million acres from operation of the Mining Law (March 6, 2012) Read the Complaint

NEI Files Lawsuit to Reverse Interior's Withdrawal of Land From Uranium Mining (February 27, 2012) Read the Complaint

NMA Challenges Constitutionality of Arizona Land Withdrawal (February 27, 2012) Read the Complaint

Wall Street Journal Editorial — Heavy Metal Politics — The Interior Department's ban on new uranium mining in Arizona is all too typical of the Administration's general hostility to domestic energy production. (January 19, 2012)

Washington Times Editorial — "NIMBY" nation; Obama: It’s not doable unless it’s renewable. (January 16, 2012)

Joint Press Release from U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), John Barrasso (R-WY) and Mike Lee (R-UT) and U.S. Congressmen Rob Bishop (UT-01), Jeff Flake (AZ-06), David Schweikert (AZ-05) and Ben Quayle (AZ-03) — Senators and Congressmen Denounce Obama Administration’s Decision to Ban Uranium Mining in Northern Arizona. (January 9, 2012)

Arizona Governor Brewer Press Release — Federal Government Deals Blow to Northern Arizona Economy. (January 9, 2012)

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings Press Release — Obama Administration Once Again Blocks U.S. Energy Production, Costs American Jobs. (January 9, 2012)

Nuclear Energy Institute Press Release — Nuclear Industry Opposes Administration's Mining Ban in Southwestern United States. (January 9, 2012)

Congressman Paul Gosar Press Release — Congressman Paul Gosar Expresses Dismay At Yet Another Obama Administration Job Killing Over Reach. (January 9, 2012)

Rob Bishop (R-UT) Press Release — Administration Caves to Special Interests and Places 20-year Ban on Uranium Mining. (January 9, 2012)

ACERT Press Release — Obama Administration’s Withdrawal of One Million Acres of Prime Energy Resources in Northern Arizona
Strikes Devastating Blow to Local Economy and Nation’s Energy Security. (January 9, 2012)



Wall Street Journal Editorial - Salazar's Priorities — For decades the U.S. political system has tried to balance the interests of the environment against the need for economic growth and jobs. The Arizona fiasco is one more example of how the Obama Administration has tilted that balance at the cost of jobs. (September 23, 2011)

Salazar's Mining Decision was a Political One — "The draft EIS, inadequate and largely biased against uranium exploration and mining, does not make the case that uranium mining outside the Grand Canyon National Park will threaten the park, its natural resources, tourism or the water quality of its springs or the Colorado River itself." (July 5, 2011)

Nuclear Energy Institute Sees No Basis for Obama Administration's Land Withdrawal Decision — "There is no scientifically verified threat to the environment of the Grand Canyon National Park from uranium mining." (June 21, 2011)

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer says Uranium Mining Ban Detrimental to Arizona’s Economy — "The federal government today has involved itself in yet another instance of excessive and unnecessary regulation – this time potentially at the expense of hundreds of high-paying jobs and billions of dollars worth of revenue for the Arizona economy." (June 20, 2011)

Congressman Trent Franks Blasts Administration for Seizing 1 Million Acres of Uranium-Rich Land — "This shameful effort by the Obama Administration is a step in precisely the wrong direction for the American economy..." (June 20, 2011)

Interior Secretary Salazar Extends the Temporary Ban on New Uranium Mining Claims— In remarks from Mather Point at the Rim of the Grand Canyon, Interior Secretary Salazar announces that a temporary ban enacted in July, 2009 (that was set to expire in July) will be extended through 2011. (June 20, 2011)

Arizona Geological Survey study - "Breccia-Pipe Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon Region and Implications for Uranium Levels in Colorado River Water"— concludes that even if the entire annual uranium production from an operating mine were somehow allowed to be dumped into the Colorado River, the resulting increase in uranium concentration in river water would still be far below (less than half) the EPA maximum allowable contaminant level. (April 30, 2011)

More than 70% of Americans Favor the Use of Nuclear Energy — 71% of those surveyed expressed support, with 26% opposed. Those “strongly favoring” nuclear energy outnumber those “strongly opposed” by a three-to-one margin, 31% to 9%, according to the telephone survey of 1,000 adults conducted February 10-13 by Bisconti Research Inc./GfK Roper. The survey was sponsored by the Nuclear Energy Institute and has a margin of error of ± three percentage points. (February 23, 2011)

Feds Outline Options for Mining Near Grand Canyon — The U.S. Department of Interior has outlined four proposals to address mining around the Grand Canyon, including one that would ban any new claims on 1 million acres for 20 years. (February 18, 2011)

Are Environmentalists Lying About Cancer Statistics to Prevent Uranium Mining? — by James Finch
Some of the liberal media and so-called environmental groups have been playing up "alarming cancer statistics" in the Navajo Nation and other Native American groups who have worked in or lived near uranium mines. Is their purpose to frighten or enlighten? Experts such as Dr. Charles Wiggins (Director and Principal Investigator for the New Mexico Tumor Registry at the University of New Mexico’s Cancer Research and Treatment Center), have studied the very same statistics that have been used to scare New Mexicans and others about uranium mining and revealed some very different conclusions. (republished from Article Alley - April 16, 2006)

Worry About High Water Before Nuclear Power Plants — Dr. Ben Bova, award winning author of more than 120 novels and nonfiction books, has been active in science and high technology since an early age. He shares this insight on the 'worry' some people have about nuclear energy and power plants. (from Naples News Daily - September 11, 2010)

ACERT Press Release — ACERT applauds the perceptive and farsighted efforts of Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), who, together with 30 other Members of the House, introduced H.R. 5665. (July 9, 2010)

Congressman Trent Franks News Release — Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), along with 30 other Members of the House, introduced H.R. 5665, bipartisan legislation that would prevent uranium mining in Arizona from being banned. Uranium is the key natural resource necessary to produce nuclear energy, and Arizona is home to the most significant uranium deposits in the United States. (July 1, 2010)

Michael Berry: Uranium—Part of the Energy Solution — Discovery Investing pioneer Dr. Michael Berry says that uranium has to be part of the energy solution. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Michael talks about the need for more uranium mining in the United States. (April 15, 2010)

George F. Will - This Nuclear Option Is Nuclear - The Costs of Fads and Superstition — 10 percent of America's lightbulbs are lit with electricity generated by nuclear material recycled from old Soviet weapons stocks. This is one of the greatest swords-into-plowshares efforts in world history, although few people seem to know about it. It is a travesty that the nation that first harnessed nuclear energy has neglected it so long because of fads about supposed "green energy" and superstitions about nuclear power's dangers.
(published April 9, 2010 - from Newsweek magazine issue dated April 19, 2010)

Nuclear Energy Support Hits Record High Levels Among Americans — A survey conducted by Bisconti Research Inc./Gfk Roper found that 84 percent of Americans believe that electric utilities should begin preparation now to build new nuclear plants if needed in the next decade. (March 29, 2010)

U.S. Support for Nuclear Power Climbs to New High — A majority of Americans have typically favored using nuclear power to provide electricity for the United States since Gallup began asking about this topic in 1994. Support has edged up in the last two years, eclipsing 60% this year for the first time. (March 22, 2010)

Wall Street Journal - Review & Outlook — President Obama used his January State of the Union speech to promise "a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants" and "new offshore areas for oil and gas development." Judging by its recent decisions, we'd say his Cabinet hasn't received the memo. (March 11, 2010)

Washington Times Editorial — Obama's a pain at the pump (March 9, 2010)

Larry Turner Technical Commentary on U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5025 (SIR2010-5025)[dated February 18, 2010 - link below](February 24, 2010) Larry D. Turner, President and Managing Geologist of DIR Exploration, Inc., holds numerous degrees (BS, 1975: Eastern Washington State College), geochemistry (MS, 1981: Eastern Washington University), mineral economics (MS, 1998: Colorado School of Mines) and has over 30 years geology and exploration experience, much of it in Northern Arizona. He completed this independent, exhaustive, line-by-line critical analysis of the U.S. Geological Survey's Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5025.

ACERT Press Release — regarding USGS report on environmental impact (February 23, 2010)

USGS Press Release — As part of the Department of the Interior’s evaluation of whether or not to segregate nearly 1 million acres of federal lands near the Grand Canyon from new uranium claims, the United States Geological Survey today released a report on uranium resources and uranium mining impacts in the area. (February 18, 2010)


U.S. Geologic Survey Report Hydrological, Geological, and Biological Site Characterization of Breccia Pipe Uranium Deposits in Northern Arizona (February 18, 2010)
Alpine, Andrea E., ed., 2010, Hydrological, geological, and biological site characterization of breccia pipe uranium deposits in northern Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5025, 353 p., 1 pl., scale 1:375,000. This full 182+ MB .pdf report is available from the USGS as well as separate sections of the report as follows:
Front Matter
Introduction by Andrea E. Alpine and Kristin M. Brown
Plate (6.5 MB .pdf file)
Chapter A Uranium Resource Availability in Breccia Pipes in Northern Arizona By James K. Otton and Bradley S. Van Gosen (12.4 MB .pdf file)
Chapter B —  Effects of 1980s Uranium Mining in the Kanab Creek Area of Northern Arizona by James K. Otton, Tanya J. Gallegos, Bradley S. Van Gosen, Raymond H. Johnson, Robert A. Zielinski, Susan M. Hall, L. Rick Arnold, and Douglas B. Yager (133.40 MB .pdf file)
Chapter C Historical and 2009 Water Chemistry of Wells, Perennial and Intermittent Streams, and Springs in Northern Arizona by Donald J. Bills, Fred D Tillman,  David W. Anning, Ronald C. Antweiler, and Thomas F. Kraemer (21.3 MB .pdf file)
Chapter D Biological Pathways of Exposure and Ecotoxicity Values for Uranium and Associated Radionuclides by Jo Ellen Hinck, Greg Linder, Susan Finger, Edward Little, Donald Tillitt, and Wendy Kuhne (18.7 MB .pdf file)


Murkowski Speaks on Obama’s Conflicting Energy Policy — U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) — spoke on the Senate floor on the disconnect between President Obama's remarks on energy during his State of the Union Speech and the priorities indicated in the budget request. (February 11, 2010)

The Economist — article regarding the uranium shortage for nuclear power plants (November 30, 2009)

U.S. Lawmakers Seek More Nuclear Power in Bill — (Reuters) U.S. lawmakers sought to increase incentives for nuclear power and energy efficiency in a measure that would require utilities to generate a certain amount of electricity from renewable sources. (June 4, 2009)

Murkowski Speaks on the Need for Nuclear Energy — U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) gave this speech on the Senate floor (June 2, 2009)

Senator Murkowski Addresses the NEI 2009 Nuclear Energy Assembly and Annual Meeting — U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) — U.S. lawmakers seek more nuclear power in bill. As a clean, reliable, safe, and affordable source of energy; uranium and nuclear energy are a big topic of discussion. (May 20, 2009)

Greenpeace "Un-Moored"— Who is Patrick Moore, and why do so many environmentalists hate him? (May, 2009)

U.S. Should Add Nuclear Power to Energy Portfolio Says John Salazar (April 4, 2009)

Study May Hamper Fears Over Uranium Mines' Effect on Colorado River— Preliminary study results showing that mine tailings from uranium mining along the Colorado River do not lead to contamination ... could undermine environmentalists' and other critics' opposition (February 23, 2009)
 

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