20, requesting the sanctions motion be denied, ENDAUM and Southwest Resources and Information Center stated that the real issue raised by Hydro Resources' sanctions motion "is whether the interventers have a right under the Atomic Energy Act and the First Amendment to dispute Hydro Resources' proposal to mine uranium.
Those battling for a uranium-free future in Crownpoint-Church Rock, in addition to ENDAUM members such as Capitan, Kathleen Tsosie and Larry King, are intervenors like Chris Shuey of the Southwest Research and Information Center; Jaime Chavez of the Water Information Network, both in Albuquerque, and attorneys from the New Mexico Environmental Law Center and the Washington firm of Harmon, Curran, Spielberg and Eisenberg.
ENDAUM geologists and hydrologists counter that the aquifer is at risk, that polluted water will migrate horizontally and vertically, that the mining company's water restoration abilities and monitoring do not meet the needs, and that the existing radioactive air pollution levels have not been taken into proper account.
ENDAUM and Southwest Resource and Information Center filed petitions with the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, in 1994 and 1995, seeking an evidentiary hearing on the proposed mining and processing.
In the words of Mitchell Capitan, president of the ENDAUM, who lives less than half a mile north of the uranium processing plant at Crownpoint, `For more than twenty years, we will be exposed to "acceptable" levels of additional radiation to which we are not now exposed, in places where we live, pray, hold ceremonies, work, buy food, haul water, educate our children, and seek medical care and wellness.