Public Hearing on Rio Grande Resources Proposal to Activate Mount Taylor Uranium Mine

The New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department just released an announcement of a public hearing on the possible development of uranium at the Mount Taylor Mine near San Mateo, New Mexico. The mine is currently on “standby” status but the owner, Rio Grande Resources, has applied to activate the mine.

The notice is printed below in its entirety. La Jicarita has extensively covered the history and potential of uranium mining in the Grants/Gallup area. Links to two articles in a 2012 series that Kay Matthews wrote are included in the following editor’s note:

“This is the first of a two part series on the possible revitalization of uranium mining in the Grants/Gallup area of New Mexico. Part One, “Uranium Boom and Bust: Otra Vez?, takes a hard look at the economic, social, and environmental costs of uranium mining in the state. Part Two, “Pending Uranium Mining Proposals in New Mexico,” provides an overview of the state and federal permitting processes that have already begun for proposed mines near Mount Taylor, Crownpoint, and Church Rock. The  New Mexico Environmental Law Center has been representing local environmental and social justice groups, including the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE), and individuals who are opposed to this development.”

Public Notice: Mount Taylor Mine Public Hearing

The New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Mining and Minerals Division (“MMD”) hereby gives notice of a public hearing on the application by Rio Grande ResourcesCorporation (“RGR”), the operator of the Mount Taylor Mine, for changing the status of the mine from standby to active, and update the closeout plan and required amount of financial assurance under Revision Application 13-2.

The purpose of the hearing is to give the public an opportunity to learn about and comment on the requested return of the Mount Taylor Mine to active status including the updated closeout plan and financial assurance. Representatives of both the MMD and RGR will be in attendance.

The Mount Taylor Mine is located in Section 24, T13N, R8W NMPM in Cibola County near the village of San Mateo. The Mount Taylor Mine is an existing underground uranium mine. MMD’s permit number for the mine is CI002RE. The mailing address of the applicant, RGR:

Mt. Taylor Mine, Rio Grande Resources Corporation, P.O. Box 1150, Grants, New Mexico 87020

The public hearing is scheduled for Friday, December 4, 2015 at 10:00AM.

The location of the public hearing will be at the Commission Meeting Room, Cibola County Offices, 515 West High Street, Grants, New Mexico.

Comments regarding RGR’s request for return of the Mount Taylor Mine to active status including the updated closeout plan and financial assurance plan may be submitted to the Director of the Mining and Minerals Division at the following address:

Director, Mining and Minerals Division, NM Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, 1220 South St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Written comments must be received by the Director prior to the close of the Hearing record set during the Hearing. If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the Hearing, please contact the Mining and Minerals Division at the telephone number provided below at least twenty one (21) days prior to the Hearing.

A copy of RGR’s application for return of the Mount Taylor Mine to active status including the updated closeout plan and financial assurance plan is available at the Mother Whiteside Library, 525 W. High, Grants, New Mexico and in Santa Fe at the Mining and Minerals Division’s office. These documents are also available for viewing on the MMD website at:

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/MMD/MARP/CI002RERev13-2.html

For additional information regarding the RGR application for return of the Mount Taylor Mine to active status including the updated closeout plan and financial assurance plan, please contact the Mining and Minerals Division, Mining Act Reclamation Program at 1220 South St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505 or contact David Clark, Permit Lead, at (505) 476-3416, or by e-mail at david.clark@state.nm.us.

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