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To: Members of Congress

CLEAN UP TOXIC ABANDONED URANIUM MINES!

CLEAN UP TOXIC ABANDONED URANIUM MINES!

Petition Text

We urge you to prioritize passage of the Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act, which will ensure clean up of thousands of hazardous abandoned uranium mines throughout the United States.

Why is this important?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 15,000 AUMs and exploratory sites are located throughout the United States, posing substantial public health and environmental hazards.

No existing federal laws require clean up of these toxic abandoned sites. Most of these AUMs were established under the “General Mining Law of 1872,” that does not require reclamation or remediation. Mining companies walked away from their clean up responsibilities after decades of mining, leaving the public to bear their toxic legacy. With 75% of AUMs located on public or Tribal lands, Indigenous communities have long faced disproportionate impacts from this toxic legacy.

According to EPA data, approximately 10 million people are estimated to live within 50 miles of a recorded AUM.

Radioactive pollution from AUMs have been linked to cancer, genetic defects, and increases in mortality. There is no minimum threshold for radiation damage (no dose which is harmless), and radiation causes cancer and other organ damage, especially during fetal development and in young children.

It’s time to clean up the mines!

How it will be delivered

Email, in person delivery, & media event.


Reasons for signing

  • This radiation can cause cancer, birth defects and a shorter life span.
  • This is horrible that here in the United states we have this going on. No one should be without clean water. The Navajo (Dine') people are humble hard workers an kind. The code talkers save us. We need to help them
  • These mines are a threat to environment and health of all who live .

Updates

2016-09-06 11:54:13 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2016-01-31 04:36:34 -0500

500 signatures reached

2015-12-05 19:31:01 -0500

100 signatures reached

2015-12-04 11:15:54 -0500

50 signatures reached

2015-12-04 00:06:50 -0500

25 signatures reached

2015-12-03 20:19:59 -0500

10 signatures reached