What a mitigation plan covers is:
- Reduce dust emission.
- Identify and protect cultural, historical and paleontological resources.
- Protect Soil from erosion.
- Minimize the extent and amount of ground disturbance.
- Restore the original grade and reclaim soil and vegetation.
- Protect wildlife and wildlife habitat.
- Minimize lighting in offsite areas.
Protect human health by minimizing radiological exposure.
Ensure the safe and proper transport of generated ore.
The following taken from the U.S. Department of Interior website : http://www.blm.gov/or/energy/uranium.php
Uranium on BLM-Administered Lands in OR/WA
In September 2011, a representative from Oregon Energy, L.L.C. (formally Uranium One), met with local citizens, and county and state officials, to discuss the possibility of opening a uranium oxide (“yellowcake”) mine in southern Malheur County in southeastern Oregon. Oregon Energy is interested in developing a 17-Claim parcel of land known as the Aurora Project through an open pit mining method. Besides the mine, there would be a mill for processing. The claim area occupies about 450 acres and is also referred to as the “New U” uranium claims.
On May 7, 2012, Oregon Energy LLC made a presentation to the BLM outlining its plans for development for the mine.
The Vale District has agreed to work with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on mitigation for the “New U” uranium claims, which are located in core sage grouse habitat. Although the lands encompassing the claims have been designated core, the area is frequented by rockhounds and hunters, and has a crisscrossing of off-highway vehicle (OHV) roads and other significant land disturbance from the defunct Bretz Mercury Mine, abandoned in the 1960s.
However, by the fall of 2012 the company said that it was putting its plans for the mine on hold until the uncertainty surrounding sage grouse issues was resolved.
Location information for the Aurora Project can be found on the “Non-Renewable Energy Projects of Oregon” map at this website: http://www.blm.gov/or/energy.
What you do not realize is how insidious the taking of land is for the sale of Uranium. The sage grouse issue is to make people believe that all the land taking is to save something for the future generation. The Federal government has pushed through the sale which in turn pushes the purchase of property by any means. The BLM (federal organization) will harass property owners. They will lie to property owners, telling them they will be fined if they do anything on their own land that threatens a lizard, an owl habitat, a fish habitat, a sage grouse.
The Federal agencies will even go so far as to put an innocent law-abiding citizen in Federal prison to accomplish their goal. Especially if that citizen is holding up a project.