NAVAJO COUNCIL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE DEBATING RDC’S ACTIONS IN DECEMBER 2013 THAT CREATED CONTROVERSIAL SUBCOMMITTEE OF TWO MEMBERS, RDC MEMBERS DELEGATES LEONARD TSOSIE AND LEONARD PETE, TO DRAFT AGREEMENT BETWEEN NAVAJO NATION AND HRI FOR HRI TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE IN-SITU URANIUM MINING DEMONSTRATION PROJECT NEAR CHURCH ROCK, NM.
DELEGATE DANNY SIMPSON
We are not saying to stop. We are asking that RDC go through proper process by asking Navajo Council to waive two Navajo laws.
When URI/HRI doing presentation before Law and Order Committee, URI/HRI stated that section 17, where to be cleaned up, URI/HRI said they want to cover up contaminated dirt instead of hauling because they were concerned about accident in transporting. That told me that they were more concerned about their people than Navajo people.
RDC CHAIRPERSON DELEGATE KATHERINE BENALLY
I do not want to waive laws that Council put in place. If we waive then absolute transportation of these products and extracting uranium. that is what you are asking if we waive. and why trying to find middle ground.
there is tomorrow, a critical meeting so table for a week?
i don’t like the long term wait. if no table then I’ll support Delegate Apachito.
I’m from communities where there former uranium mines. Like Delegate David Tom, I also witnessed devastation of former uranium mining. I don’t want Church Rock to endure.
If we don’t come to solution quick then I’ll vote in support of Delegate Apachito.
Waiving of laws is too extreme for me.