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    Uranium Mining: Lessons from the Past, Expectations for the Future

    3 PM EST

    This presentation will provide an overview of the regulations governing uranium recovery in the United States, with a focus on current “hot topic” issues in the industry. Panelists will include an indigenous advocate for the Laguna Pueblo/Navajo, as well as representatives from the State of Wyoming, industry, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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    Uranium recovery is the first step in the nuclear fuel cycle. Originally, uranium was recovered through conventional mining and milling. Today, all but one uranium recovery operation in the United States use in situ leach recovery, a process where uranium is dissolved from underground rock and pumped to the surface. Regulatory authority over in situ uranium recovery lies with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and individual states that have entered into agreements with the NRC to regulate in situ uranium recovery operations. This presentation will provide participants with an overview of the regulations governing uranium recovery, and will focus on current “hot topic” issues in the industry, including anticipated changes under the Biden Administration. Panelists will include an indigenous advocate for the Laguna Pueblo/Navajo (June Lorenzo), as well as representatives from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality/Land Quality Division (David Adams and Kelly Shaw), industry (Chris Pugsley), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (Geoffrey Fettus).

    Speakers

    David Adams, Health Physicist, Uranium Recovery Program, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Cheyenne, WY

    Geoffrey Fettus, Senior Attorney, Nuclear, Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC

    June Lorenzo, Chief Judge, Pueblo of Zia, Zia Pueblo, NM

    Christopher Pugsley, Thompson & Pugsley PLLC, Washington, DC

    Kelly Shaw, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Water & Natural Resources Division, Wyoming Attorney General's Office, Cheyenne, WY

     Moderator

    Rebecca Susko, Counsel for NRC Staff, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Rockville, MD

    Event Details

    Duration

    90

    Format

    Web

    Date

    Jan 26, 2021

    2021-01-26T15:00:00-05:00 2021-01-26T16:30:00-05:00 Uranium Mining: Lessons from the Past, Expectations for the Future

    This presentation will provide an overview of the regulations governing uranium recovery in the United States, with a focus on current “hot topic” issues in the industry. Panelists will include an indigenous advocate for the Laguna Pueblo/Navajo, as well as representatives from the State of Wyoming, industry, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    Speakers

    Christopher Pugsley

    Thompson & Pugsley Pllc

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    Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

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