'Green Jobs' Petition: Please Sign - HRI Gets Hearing On Uranium Mining
September 6th, 2009
Late last night, Van Jones resigned from his position with the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Many of us are left with pain and anger after seeing a leader of integrity, vision, and commitment targeted by hateful personal attacks. Van stepped down in service to our movement. He felt that fighting the attacks would draw attention to him and detract from our mission.
Now, our challenge is to turn our disappointment and anger into action and renewed resolve for our common goals.
Like the great social justice movements of the 20th century, our movement for an inclusive green economy is based in the most fundamental American values: equality, justice, and opportunity for all.
That's why our opponents reduced the debate to fear, hatred, and division. They cannot win a debate about values. They cannot win a debate about solutions.
Our allies and friends may be redirected by these attacks, and focus on the rants of those who fear our vision. For Green For All, our struggle must be defined by the issues our opponents refuse to debate: ending global warming; lifting people out of poverty; restoring the economy; and bringing health to our communities. These are the challenges that matter the most.
This moment reaffirms our commitment and makes us more steadfast in pushing for our goals, including a climate bill that delivers on the promise of a clean-energy economy. We will not be led astray. We will not let our anger cloud our vision.Instead, it is the time to come together around the values our movement stands for: clean air; healthy communities; good jobs; and opportunity for all.
Please sign our Petition in support of the Green Jobs Movement.
Then pass it on to 10 friends. Let's use this opportunity to grow in numbers and strength.
In the face of tactics intended to frighten and divide, we must stand strong around our core values and renew our commitment to our shared vision.
Thank you for taking a stand with us.
Chief Executive Officer
Green For All
HRI Granted En Banc Rehearing On Indian Country Issue
By Kathy Helms
WINDOW ROCK – The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in an order filed Monday granted Hydro Resources Inc. a full court review of an April 17 opinion that the company's Section 8 mine is in Indian Country.
Uranium Resources Inc., parent company of HRI, announced in June that it was filing a petition for an en banc, or full court review after the three-judge panel upheld a Feb. 6, 2007, land status determination by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that HRI's land in the checkerboard area of the Navajo Nation's Churchrock Chapter, lies within a dependent Indian community.
The Navajo Nation is an intervenor in the case.
The ruling subjected HRI’s proposed in-situ leach uranium mine to EPA regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act rather than under the jurisdiction of New Mexico Environmental Department, which originally issued the company an underground injection control permit – the final permit needed before mining can begin.
Rick Van Horn, chief operating officer for HRI/URI, said at the time of the filing that the company decided it was in its best interest to have the case heard before the full court. “We wanted to do that to preserve any rights that we might have,” he said. The company's other option was to apply to EPA for the permit.
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. reaffirmed the Nation's commitment to a ban on uranium mining and processing on July 16 in a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the Churchrock uranium tailings spill.
“I want to reaffirm the resolve of the Dine' and our elected leaders in enforcing to the fullest extent possible, the Dine' Natural Resources Protection Act of 2005,” Shirley said, adding that the Nation will stand its ground until the terms of the act are met. That includes cleanup of legacy waste, which is only now beginning to be addressed.
According to Monday's order, all of the materials by the parties involved were submitted to the active judges of the court, with the exception of Judge Harris L. Hartz, who is recused in the matter. Hartz previously was in private practice in New Mexico and formerly served on the New Mexico Court of Appeals. A poll was then called and a majority voted to allow the en banc rehearing.
HRI is to file a supplemental brief by Oct. 8. The Navajo Nation and EPA have until Nov. 19 to file responses and then HRI will be allowed to file a reply by Dec. 11.
The court anticipates settling the matter during the week of Jan. 11, 2010.
URI recently announced that it has agreed to purchase 113,000 acres of mineral rights in the Crownpoint area and Hosta Butte, southeast of Crownpoint, for future uranium production and has begun taking applications for future employment.
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