HERE AT NAVAJO COUNCIL HEALTH, EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE WHERE CONCERNED GROUPS AND INDIVIDUAL COMMENTING TO COMMITTEE ABOUT HRI/URI’S PROPOSED URANIUM MINING.
HRI have properties not only in Church Rock, NM, but Becenti, NM, and Crownpoint, NM. Original project in Crownpoint involved In-Situ Uranium Mining and Uranium Processing Plant but now HRI is being required to take its processing off reservation.
Please note that HRI has other properties that on and off the Navajo Reservation.
We are also very concerned about legislation 0373-13 which the Navajo Council Resources and Development Committee approved with vote of 3 in favor, 0 opposed in December 2013 at Chilchinbeto Chapter, which is more than 300 miles from Church Rock Chapter.
A major concern of Navajo communities is that there is research that shows that there is no success remediation of ISL uranium mining. As word spread about what the RDC was doing, people have become very concern about water being used for ISL and the lack of emergency response to respond to uranium spill during HRI’s transportation of uranium from its proposed ISL uranium mining near Church Rock to its off Navajo reservation processing plant.
And the number of jobs created by HRI/URI is minimal. There are reports that about 35 jobs wud be created.
There has been major response by Chapters opposing RDC Legislation 0373-13 and asking that it be rescinded. The chapters that have passed legislation opposing 0373-13 are Becenti, White Rock, White Horse Lake, Lake Valley, Shiprock, Red Lake, Cove, Fort Defiance, Tohatchi and Crownpoint.