FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A federal appeals court has ruled against
conservationists and tribes in their challenge of a uranium mine north of the
The group had sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, alleging the agency
relied on an outdated and inadequate environmental analysis in allowing the
Arizona 1 Mine to resume operation.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the BLM hasn’t made any
decisions that would trigger a new analysis and that the 1988 operation plan
allows for temporary closures.
The debate is expected to arise again as companies seek to resume mining near
the Grand Canyon. Previous mining operations in the area ceased some 20 years
The Arizona 1 Mine was the first to resume. Its owner, Energy Fuels Inc., plans
to restart others.