Supreme Court Declines Review of Uranium Mine Permit

On Monday, November 15, 2010, the US Supreme Court denied cert to hear a last minute challenge to Hydro Resources Inc.’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission license to mine uranium in northwestern New Mexico near Church Rock.  The permit would allow Hydro Resources to leach-mine uranium.  Challengers had challenged the license after the US 10th Circuit denied a request for rehearing in September.  Opponents will continue to mount efforts at the state level, since certain permits will still be required from the New Mexico Environmental Department and other state agencies.  Major concerns have been raised concerning potential groundwater contamination.

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