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JANUARY 2016

URANIUM WATCH SUBMITS CONCERN
ABOUT SHOOTARING MILL TRANSFER

Uranium One Americas, Inc. (Uranium One) and Anfield Resources Holding Corp. (Anfield) requested an extension of the expiration date (April 30, 2014) of the Shootaring Canyon Uranium Mill's Radioactive Material License for an additional six months. Previously, on March 28, 2014, Uranium One submitted a request to extend the license expiration date by six months. The request was approved on April 15, 2014, with a new expiration date of October 31, 2014. The Division of Waste Managment and Radiation Control (DWMRC) required the License Renewal Application was required to be submitted by October 31, 2015. Meanwhile Anfield was in the process of purchasing the Mill. The DWMRC did not receive a License Renewal Application by October 2015. On December 2, 2015, DWMRC responding to a November 17, 2015, license extention request and extended the date to submit a license renewal application by June 30, 2016.

URANIUM WATCH SUBMITS CONCERN
ABOUT SHOOTARING MILL TRANSFER

Uranium Watch submtted Comments on the Utah Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control Notice regarding the transfer of the Shootaring Canyon Uranium Mill license from Uranium One Inc. to Anfield Resources Holding Inc. Anfield has stated that it intends to refurbish the Mill and start processing ore. Uranium Watch expressed concerns that the transfer of the license to another company that will not refurbish and reopen the Mill means that the Mill will not be reclaimed in the near future, nor will it be operated. It looks like the Mill, which has not operated since 1982, will remain on standby indefinetly.

Although Anfield has provided the required reclamation surety replacement bond, Anfield has never operated as a profitable company. They currently do not have sufficient captial to refurbish the Mill or permit, develop, and operate mines to supply ore to the Mill. Acording to the November 2015 Anfield Resources Inc. Management Discussion and Analysis, Anfield had a working capital DEFICIT of about $1.5 million and there were insufficient funds to meet all property commitements and agreements as they now stand. It could be many years before there was any Mill development.

DECEMBER 2015

CLOSURE OF ABANDONED URANIUM MINES NEAR MOAB

As part of the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining’s Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program, 17 abandoned mines, including 11 uranium mines, have been remediated in the Klondike Bluffs area north of Moab.  The remediation took place on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administered land.  The hazards were remediated, but that is not the same as cleaning up radioactive contamination and fully reclaiming the uranium mines.  

In the fall of 2017, the Program will close approximately 70 uranium mine openings in the Browns Hole area northeast of La Sal Junction, Hwy. 191, on the west slope of the La Sal Mountains.  The work will include hand and machine backfills and construction of gates, grates, block or stone wall closures.  The USGS study determined there were 64 open adits in the Brown Hole area.  

During most of the uranium boom in the southeast Utah, DOGM and the
BLM did not require reclamation bonds for the cleanup of mines, especially
for small mines impacting less than 5 acres.  There was little concern for the long-term impacts of uranium mining nationally, or in local communities.  

The US Department of Energy (DOE) issued it Abandoned Uranium Mine Report
to Congress in 2014.  The Report only addressed mines associated with the
federal nuclear weapons program.  The DOE found 1,380 mines, approximately
one third of the defense related AUMs, are found in Utah. There is still no
dedicated funding source for the cleanup of abandoned uranium mines or mines
where the waste and contamination is considered to be “pre-law.”  The federal
government and the State of Utah do not have a radiological action standard for
mine cleanup. 

 Moab Sun News Article - December 10, 2015
Assessment of Nonpoint Source Chemical Loading Potential to Watersheds
Containing Uranium Waste Dumps Associated with Uranium Exploration
and Mining, Browns Hole, Utah.
SIR 2011-5230.
DOE 2014 AUM Report to Congress

SHOOTARING CANYON MILL SALE

Comments Due December 24, 2015

The Utah Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control is considering
the transfer of the Shootaring Canyon Uranium Mill license to Anfield Resources Holding Inc.  The Mill, near Lake Powell northwest of Ticaboo, last operated in 1982.   The DWMRC has made clear that their main concern at this time is the financial guarantee, so that funds are there to reclaim the Mill.  Anfield has submitted a reclamation bond of $ 9,346,014.  

Anfield, a Canadian Company, has plans to refurbish and restart the Mill.  This would require the construction of a new tailings impoundment constructed to current standards. 

In 2007 Uranium One Inc., the current licensee, estimated that it would take about $33 million to refurbish the Mill.  Anfield has little cash and little overall capital to refurbish and operate the Mill and permit, develop, and operate a uranium mine or two.  Anfield has also demonstrated a willingness to stretch the truth in promotional materialsfor investor consumption and reports to the Canadian Securities Administrators.

Notice of Sale and Information
DWMRC Shootaring Canyon Mill Webpage

NOVEMBER 2015

BRIEFS

Utah Div. of Oil, Gas and Mining (DOGM) decides to stop inspections at Dunn Uranium MIne on BLM land in San Juan County, Utah. The August 2015 Inspection photos show the hazardous, open decline adit that has not been remediated. There was no reclamation bond. Recently Piñon Ridge Mining Co. acquired the Dunn claims, which are in sage grouse habitat. Piñon Ridge is a subsidiary of Western Uranium Corp., the owner of the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill in the Paradox Valley, Colorado; Sage Mine, Utah; and other mining claims.

UTAH POWER COMPANY TEAMING WITH NUSCALE
FOR SMALL MODULAR REACTOR PROJECT

Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) has teamed with NuScale Power to develop Small Modular Reactors (SMRs). The Carbon Free Power Project is intended to replace coal fired power plants in western states. NuScale is in the process of applying for a Design Certification from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

NuScale Power has launched a Western Initiative for Nuclear (Program WIN) to study the demonstration and deployment of NuScale SMRs in six western states. The first possible location is "within the confines" of the Idaho National Lab in Idaho Falls, which is part of the UAMPS area. Other projects are contemplated in Utah, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Arizona.

UAMPS General Manager speaks about their Carbon-free Power Project

STOP FUKUSHIMA FREEWAYS CAMPAIGN!
Maps Show Utah Major Route for High Level Waste

Uranium Watch has joined the Nuclear Information and Resource Service Campaign to stop the transportation of the nuclear reactor spent fuel rods (High Level Nuclear Waste), to Yucca Mountain and through Utah.

Massive and unnecessary radioactive waste transportation would occur across the U.S. if the scientifically-indefensible Yucca Mountain, Nevada, waste dump were to be revived. Such large-scale transport would also occur if, as some in Congress advocate, a "centralized interim storage" site for high-level radioactive waste were created. In that case, the waste would either have to move twice (once to the interim site, and then to a permanent site), thus doubling the risks. The "interim" site could become a de facto permanent waste dump.

Over 10,000 casks would move through Utah along I-15, I-80, I-84, and along the rail lines across Utah from Colorado. Casks would be transported along the Colorado River canyons in Colorado and Utah. Colorado and Utah are not prepared for to handle these hazards.

Utah HLNW Transportation Map
Colorado HLNW Transportation Map
State of Nevada Nuclear Waste Information WebSite
The Spectrum (St. George) - News Article
The Grand Junction Sentinel (Grand Junction) - News Article

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