ENDAUM Comments on DP 559 August 2015
Dear Mr. Mayerson:
On behalf of Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining (“ENDAUM”) please accept the following comments on Uranium Resources, Inc.’s (“URI’s”) application for renewal of discharge permit DP-558 and the New Mexico Environment Department’s (“NMED”) draft DP-558.
ENDAUM opposes renewal of DP-558 for two reasons. First, Hydro Resources, Inc. (“HRI”), URI’s wholly owned subsidiary and predecessor in interest in DP-558, failed to timely renew DP-558 after its initial renewal application in 1996 and URI therefore does not have a valid existing permit. Second, URI is prohibited from accessing the proposed minesite at Section 8 for any reason other than administratively maintaining its licenses and permits pursuant to an agreement with the Navajo Nation, and therefore granting renewal of DP-558 would result in a conflict with URI’s existing legal obligation under Navajo Nation law.
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