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URANIUM and the HALF-LIFE OF HOPE - A Future of the Colorado Plateau Forum

Museum of Northern Arizona & Grand Canyon Trust

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (MST)

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The disturbing legacy of uranium mining on the Navajo Nation is well known to people who live near abandoned mines and mills. In 2005, the Nation banned uranium mining and milling on its nearly 30,000 square mile reservation, but it does not have the authority to ban the transportation of uranium on federal highways through its communities. 

In 2012, when the U.S. Department of the Interior placed a 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims across one million acres of public lands adjacent to Grand Canyon, many felt that the era of uranium mining on the Colorado Plateau was drawing to a close. But in May 2015, Energy Fuels, Inc. began preparations to mine uranium on an existing claim at its Canyon Mine, a deposit on U.S. Forest Service land, just six miles from Tusayan and the busiest entrance to the Grand Canyon. The Havasupai Tribe's lawsuit against the mine is awaiting a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

There are also plans to drill for uranium on Arizona State Trust Lands, which are exempt from the federal ban, including the Wate Mine just off the main road into Havasupai. And a proposal for a 1.7-million-acre national monument designed to permanently protect the Grand Canyon watershed from uranium mining failed to be enacted in the final days of the Obama administration.

So what is the future of uranium mining on the Colorado Plateau? We will hear from educators, political leaders and activists who are engaged directly with this question. More importantly, we want to hear from you!

This Future of the Colorado Plateau Forum will be hosted by Michael Amundson, NAU history professor and author of “Yellowcake Towns - Uranium Mining Communities in the American West.”

Presenters will include:

  • Roger Clark, Grand Canyon Program Director for the Grand Canyon Trust
  • Chris Shuey, Senior Program Director; environmental health scientist at Southwest Research and Information Center in Albuquerque, NM.
  • Tommy Rock, Graduate Assistant in Chemistry at Northern Arizona University
  • Carletta Tilousi or Colleen Kaska, Council Members for the Havasupai Tribe
  • Lena Fowler, Coconino County Supervisor

Aerial photo of the Kanab North Mine Site by Michael Collier

The Future of the Colorado Plateau Forum series is presented by the Museum of Northern Arizona and Grand Canyon Trust. Generous support is provided by Coconino County, the Geo Family Foundation, the Landscape Conservation Initiative at NAU, City of Flagstaff BB&B Revenues, and the Flagstaff Arts Council.

Have questions about URANIUM and the HALF-LIFE OF HOPE - A Future of the Colorado Plateau Forum ? Contact Museum of Northern Arizona & Grand Canyon Trust

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Museum of Northern Arizona
3101 N. Fort Valley Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (MST)


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