Uranium Mining Threatens Mount Taylor

Nadine Padilla and Eric Jantz

Sparks, SAR Boardroom

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free

Students Against Uranium Mining members demonstrate on the steps of the Tenth Circuit Court in Denver, ColoradoStudents Against Uranium Mining members demonstrate on the steps of the Tenth Circuit Court in Denver, ColoradoPhotograph courtesy of Juana Colón, NMELCStudents Against Uranium Mining members demonstrate on the steps of the Tenth Circuit Court in Denver, ColoradoPhotograph courtesy of Juana Colón, NMELC

Applications for the renewal of uranium mining operations on Mount Taylor are currently under consideration by the US Forest Service and New Mexico regulatory agencies. Mount Taylor is a culturally significant geographic and spiritual feature on New Mexico’s landscape. Nadine Padilla, who is Diné and Pueblo, will discuss the uranium legacy that still plagues many of the small Native and Hispanic communities of northwestern New Mexico. She has worked as a community organizer with the Sacred Alliances for Grassroots Equality Council and the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE) to stop new uranium development in order to protect sacred sites, water, and the health of our communities. Eric Jantz is a staff attorney with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center and is representing MASE in their fight against the re-opening of uranium mines near Mount Taylor. He will discuss some of the legal, policy, and economic aspects of past and proposed uranium mining on and near Mount Taylor.

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