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Critics of New Mexico mine petition Supreme Court

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By Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE(AP) — Opponents have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision allowing a company to leach mine uranium at an aquifer that supplies drinking water for 15,000 Navajos in northwestern New Mexico.
The move came after the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver denied a request in May for a rehearing on licenses to Hydro Resources Inc.
The court concluded the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had taken the “hard look” at the project required by the National Environmental Policy Act and adequately considered the cumulative impact of airborne radiation. Santa Fe-based New Mexico Environmental Law Center, which represents mining opponents, filed the petition late Wednesday asking the Supreme Court to review two points of law.
The opponents questioned whether the NRC was allowed to exclude radioactive emissions from existing mine waste in calculating if radiation doses to the public from the proposed mine would exceed regulatory limits.