Environmental Experts Testify Re: Uranium Mine

Environmental assessment expert witnesses spoke before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board’s hearing in Crawford, NE, regarding the Crow Butte Uranium mine.  The board is a quasi-independent arm of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. At issue is the ten year renewal of the operating license for the mine in Dawes County. Testimony included environmental assessment of water safety as well as the evaluation, protection and access to cultural and historic resources at the mine.

The Crow Butte operation is owned by Cameco Resources Inc., subsidiary of the Canadian company, Cameco Corporation.  Three groups of experts are testifying including Cameco, the NRC staff, and opponents including the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Michael Catches Enemy, a witness for the Sioux Tribe, said “The spiritual, cultural and archeological requirements of a full survey could take years.”


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