Federal and state agencies are on the cusp of deciding the fate of a long-debated uranium mine in southwestern South Dakota that would produce about 1 million pounds of uranium oxide annually for the next two decades.
By Chet Brokaw, Associated Press
, November 20, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — The president of Georgia confirmed Wednesday that his country seized a shipment of highly enriched uranium, and blamed Russia for creating the instability that allows nuclear smugglers to operate in the region.
Iran accepted the general framework of a U.N.-draft nuclear deal Tuesday, but said it would seek “important changes” that could test the willingness of world powers to make concessions in exchange for a pact to rein in Tehran’s ability to make atomic warheads.
By Nasser Karimi and Brian Murphy, The Associated Press
, October 28, 2009
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An Australian company exploring for uranium in southwest North Dakota believes it may be able to save millions of dollars by pouring chemicals over piles of lignite to extract the radioactive element and other valuable substances.
Three Nuclear Regulatory Commission administrative judges will hear arguments Tuesday in federal court in Rapid City on the Crow Butte Resource uranium mine near Crawford, Neb.
At issue for the hearing that was prompted by opponents is the mine’s request for continued and expanded uranium mining near the South Dakota-Nebraska border and its foreign ownership.
North Dakota county officials want to know more about uranium taxes.
Terry Traynor, the assistant director of the North Dakota Association of Counties, said he was asked by county commissioners to research the issue.
Forest Service officials say uranium mining in the Little Missouri National Grasslands is something they have to consider, even though residents say the idea scares them.
Ron Jablonski, the Forest Service district supervisor, told a meeting of area residents this week that it’s not a matter of being for or against.
“It’s something we’re obligated to take a look at,” he said. It likely would take 10 years before any mines could be operating, he said. Environmental studies would be needed and the grasslands management plan would have to be changed, he said.
July 18, 2008
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