ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmental groups are hopeful a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider a permit for a uranium mining operation in western New Mexico could lead to the end to the project.
Members of Eastern Navajo Dine Against Uranium Mining and the New Mexico Environmental Law Center had voiced concerns to the EPA about deficiencies in the decades-old permit application.
Larry King is a member of the Navajo group that has been fighting plans by Hydro Resources Inc. to start up mining operations near Church Rock. He says it's crucial the EPA revoke an exemption that would allow for mining that could impact groundwater sources.
King has started an online petition drive that calls on EPA to protect Church Rock's drinking water.
The effort comes as another company seeks state approval for a separate uranium venture in Cibola County.
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