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CALL TO ACTION: Today, July 31st, is the deadline for the White Mesa Uranium Mill public comment period re: Energy Fuels license renewal and groundwater discharge permit to operate the mill.

We have prepared a draft letter that can be printed, signed, and snailed mailed (postmarked TODAY!) or cut & pasted, signed, and emailed before midnight (U.S. MDT) to: dwmrcpublic@utah.gov.

We hope you can help to send comments for assisting our relatives and neighbors in Utah dealing with this radioactive-waste-creating facility. Ahéhee’! (Thank you!)

Please see full letter below:
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Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Re: White Mesa Mill
195 North 1950 West, Board Room 1015
Salt Lake City, Utah


Dear Director Anderson,

I urge you to deny both the Radioactive Materials License (UT1900479) renewal and the Groundwater Quality Discharge Permit (Permit UGW370004) for the White Mesa Uranium Mill located on the ancestral lands of the indigenous Ute Mountain Ute nation, for the following reasons:


• The Mill adversely impacts sacred and historical lands to the Ute Mountain Ute tribe, including more than 200 rare and significant cultural and archeological sites.

• The Mill sits above the Sandstone Aquifer which provides drinking water to the surrounding communities, and if contaminated will cause irreparable harm to the groundwater.

• The Mill releases toxic radon gas and other emissions, which are harmful to public health.

• By accepting alternate feed and uranium ore from several sites around the country, the Mill creates an extreme transportation hazard that exacerbates the risk of contamination and adverse health impacts nationally.

• The amount of waste accepted and produced by the Mill creates an undue burden upon the local residents and indigenous people that will remain radioactive and dangerous for many generations.


Looking at the history of mill sites in this region, including those in Churchrock and Shiprock, New Mexico and in Tuba City and Mexican Hat, Arizona, all of which remain contaminated to this day; the Southwest suffers the impacts from these Mills decades after they operated. If White Mesa Mill is allowed to continue, the future environmental quality of this site is just as uncertain as those which are not being properly cleaned up and will continue to pose threats of environmental contamination and public health impacts.


Let’s learn from the effects of past uranium mining and milling that caused 1000’s of contaminated sites across the country and focus on preventing further contamination to our land, air, and water. Please deny the permit renewals and clean up the White Mesa Mill immediately!


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Haul No! is a volunteer Indigenous-led group collaborating with Indigenous communities and leaders, environmental organizations, and community-based advocates working to stop nuclear colonialism in the Southwest. We organized a tour June 13-25, 2017 along the proposed uranium haul route of the Canyon Mine (owned and operated by Energy Fuels Inc.). We intend to spread awareness and stimulate action to ensure sacred sites, the Grand Canyon, and our communities are safeguarded from this deadly toxic threat.
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Canyon Mine Haul Route Facts:

  • Total distance of 300 miles 
  • 12 trucks with capacity to haul up to 30 tons of highly radioactive ore per day
  • Truck loads to be covered with thin tarps, the only shielding from uranium and only protection from environmental contamination
  • Proposed route will go through high population areas such as Valle, Williams, and Flagstaff; as well as through rural Navajo reservation communities including Cameron, Tuba City, and Kayenta; near the Hopi reservation, and finally arrive at Energy Fuel’s White Mesa Mill only three miles from the Ute Mountain Ute tribal community of White Mesa, Utah. Read more facts here.

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