Feds could scrap public hearing on Crow Butte uraniumOglala Sioux Tribe ready to argue
By Talli Nauman
Native Sun News Today
Health & Environment Editor
nativesunnews.today CHADRON, Nebraska –The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is warning that it may cancel a public comment session, if people don’t register two weeks in advance to speak here October 28 about the proposed Marsland Expansion Area of the Crow Butte uranium mine and mill. The date is one of two that commission staff set for October, in order to obtain input from tribes, individual tribal members, and others on the project, which the Oglala Sioux Nation is fighting in administrative court. “If there is insufficient interest in making oral statements, the board may cancel the October 28 session,” the agency staff said in a written notice, which “strongly urged” interested parties to register by October 12. Approval for the Marsland Expansion Area would allow the Canadian uranium giant Cameco Corp. to extract and process radioactive minerals from 4,500 more acres of its 27-year-old mine and mill site between Crawford, Nebraska and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Cameco Corp. is the world’s largest private uranium producer. In early 2018, it ceased all its U.S. uranium production, citing weak demand in the nuclear power industry. However, it continues seeking permits for its mothballed sites in Nebraska and Wyoming, in preparation for a potential market rebound.
To add your voice to the chorus, notify the commission staff by October 12 that you want to speak at the October 28 session from 2 to 4 p.m. Mountain Time in the Scottsbluff Room of the Chadron State College Student Center, 1000 Main St., Chadron, Nebraska. Requests to make oral statements may be sent to Administrative Judge G. Paul Bollwerk III, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, Mail Stop T-3A02, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C., 20555-0001; by fax to 301-415-5205; or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com Anyone who prefers to submit a written statement may do so at the above addresses, including the Office of the Secretary, Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C., 20555-0001; fax to 301-415-1101; or email to firstname.lastname@example.org Those interested in submitting an audio-recorded statement may do so by emailing the recording as an .mp3, .mp4, or .dss file, not exceeding 17 megabytes, to email@example.com, or by submitting the recording via U.S. mail on a CD or DVD to Administrative Judge G. Paul Bollwerk III, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, Mail Stop T-3A02, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C., 20555-0001. The evidentiary hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Mountain Time, on October 30, at the Crawford Community Building, 1005 1st St., in Crawford. Only representatives and witnesses of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the NRC staff, and Crow Butte Resources Inc. can participate, the agency said.
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