Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Uranium mining firm asks for appeals court review

Associated Press Writer

June 1, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Dallas-area uranium mining company said Monday it will ask a federal appeals court to review an April decision that a proposed uranium mine site in western New Mexico is on American Indian land.

Lewisville, Texas-based Uranium Resource Inc. says in a news release it will ask the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver for an "en banc review" of the decision that sided with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Such a review would bring the case before the entire 10th Circuit Court.

A three-judge panel denied a petition from URI subsidiary Hydro Resources Inc., which challenged an EPA ruling that the site near Church Rock where it hoped to develop uranium mines was on Indian Country.

The ruling makes it harder for Hydro Resources to get the necessary groundwater injection permits.


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