Monday, November 24, 2008

New House chair expected to oppose uranium mining

A political analysis (Mining will face formidable foe in Energy and Commerce Chair Waxman) published by today predicts that Henry Waxman (D-CA) the incoming chair of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee will 'go for the jugular' on key mining issues.

"Among those jugulars Waxman is likely to sink his teeth into are the domestic uranium industry, particularly those exploring on Navajo Nation lands. A year ago, Waxman, the chairman of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, held hearings on what he called 'a modern American tragedy,' the consequences of radioactive pollution from uranium mining and milling on Navajo Nation lands, which lie within the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah."

"Waxman has also has argued that new coal-fired power plants should not be permitted unless they capture and bury their green house gases."

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