He has proposed an amendment to strike Section 631 of the energy bill, which authorizes the appropriation of a $10 million subsidy for the next three fiscal years to "identify, test and develop improved in situ leaching mining technologies, including low-cost environmental restoration technologies." Taxpayers for Common Sense Action joined ENDAUM
and Udall in opposition of the corporate uranium subsidies.
The center became the technical advisers for the Eastern Navajo Dine Against Uranium Mining and an intervener along with ENDAUM against the Crownpoint-Church mines.
To pursue its case, Capitan estimates, ENDAUM has spent $150,000 fighting the mine, most of it going for fees to expert witnesses who dispute fact-for-fact Hydro Resources' claims about the region's geological structure and the likelihood of water and air contamination.
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." ENDAUM and its advisers also petitioned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's five members to review the commission's handling of the Crownpoint-Church Rock decision.
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 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.
Mitchell Capitan of ENDAUM
says Wilson never met with local Dine before announcing her corporate welfare package.