FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A federal court says a company’s arguments that it lost
out on up to $123 million in uranium mining revenue in northern Arizona are
VANE Minerals LLC filed the complaint after the U.S. Department of Interior
instituted a 20-year ban on new mining claims around the Grand Canyon.
The company argued that the ban is an unconstitutional taking of property and
that it’s entitled to compensation for expected profit loss.
The ban requires anyone with existing claims to prove sufficient quantity and
quality of uranium ore before any mining could occur.
The U.S. Court of Federal Claims says VANE hasn’t done so for any of its 678
unpatented claims. The court dismissed the complaint last week at the request of
the federal government.