The reopening of an uranium mine in Arizona has Indigenous people worried


There’s a new push to mine more uranium in the U.S. It’s rooted in a growing demand for more nuclear power plants to curb climate change. And that’s become an incentive for reopening an old uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park, but Native people in the area are wary of the industry’s deadly past. From member station KJZZ, Michel Marizco reports.

MICHEL MARIZCO, BYLINE: About a year ago, investment groups started getting more interested in acquiring uranium companies to address climate change. Then, in February, Russia invaded Ukraine. Talk about the U.S. sanctioning Russian uranium pushed prices higher, says Scott Melbye, president of the Uranium Producers of America.

SCOTT MELBYE: The faster we move away from those supplies, the better, for many reasons, both humanitarian and business-wise.MARIZCO: Russia and former Soviet republics supply nearly half of all U.S. nuclear fuel now. But Curtis Moore, vice president of marketing […]

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