Protect clean water from toxic uranium mining

In-situ leach (ISL) uranium mining is dirty.

Drill a hole, many holes, deep underground. Put a big straw in each hole. In some straws, spit acid to dissolve the uranium deposit. In the remaining straws, slurp out the acid uranium solution. Repeat.

Like fracking, ISL mining injects hazardous chemicals deep underground that threaten groundwater. Like fracking, ISL mining liberates additional toxics, like arsenic and lead.

But ISL has an even worse track record than fracking when it comes to polluting water. Every ISL mining operation permitted in the United States has polluted groundwater. Not one ISL mining operation has been fully reclaimed to premining conditions, ever.

ISL mining is guaranteed water pollution.

For the first time in twenty years, EPA is updating their dangerously low standards to better protect drinking water.

TAKE ACTION: Tell EPA we need strong rules to protect groundwater from uranium mining pollution!


For more information:

Gina McCarthy

EPA Administrator

Subject: EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0788

Original Petition by Earthworks