NH #590: Uranium Mine to become Int’l Radioactive Waste Dump? Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Fights White Mesa Mill

Uranium Mine to become Int’l Radioactive Waste Dump? Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Fights White Mesa Mill

White Mesa Ute at 2021 annual Protest & Spiritual Walk against White Mesa Uranium Mill.
Photo and Keystone Photo used with permission by Tim Peterson

This Week’s Featured Interviews:

  • Sarah Fields is Program Director of Uranium Watch, and has worked on uranium and other nuclear issues for over 20 years. We discuss how the White Mesa Uranium Mill is being allowed to process radioactive waste material from around the United States and as far away as Canada, Europe and Japan. There are plans in place for the mine to accept materials going back 77 years to the start of the Manhattan Project. The move is being opposed by several environmental groups, including those linked to the Grand Canyon, and is a focus for protests from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. I spoke with Sarah Fields spoke on Saturday, October 8, 2022.
  • Particularly impacted by these nuclear intentions are members of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, with lands adjacent to the mine and a water supply from an aquifer that sits below the mine. They are holding their annual Spiritual Walk and Protest on Saturday, October 22. To learn more about it, I spoke with Yolanda Badback, a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the group, White Mesa Concerned Community. We spoke on Saturday, October 8, 2022.

Links from interviews:

Nuclear Hotseat Hot Story with Linda Pentz Gunter:

“We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” said U.S. President Biden last week. He was referring to the possibility that Russia might use nuclear weapons against Ukraine, and remembering the 13 tense days in October 1962 that brought the US and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear war. In this week’s Hot Story, Linda Pentz Gunter explores the implications of the current rhetoric.

Numnutz of the Week (for Outstanding Nuclear Boneheadedness):

TEPCO has a perfect way to “prove” that its already-treated radioactive tritium contaminated water from Fukushima that they want to dump into the Pacific Ocean is “safe.” Just hide the truth in plain sight…