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Uranium and the Grand Canyon: A panel conversation with KJZZ News

The Pinyon Plain Mine shaft is roughly 1,470 feet deep and used to extract uranium ore from below the surface.
Gabriel Pietrorazio/KJZZ
The Pinyon Plain Mine shaft is roughly 1,470 feet deep and used to extract uranium ore from below the surface.

The first transports of uranium mined from the Pinyon Plain Mine near the Grand Canyon are set to begin soon in northern Arizona.

Mining company Energy Fuels plans to start transporting extracted uranium from the Pinyon Plain Mine across the Navajo Nation and to its processing mill in Utah.

There are questions from tribal stakeholders about the health risks of hauling the radioactive element through tribal lands.

Join KJZZ Tribal Natural Resources reporter Gabriel Pietrorazio for a conversation about uranium and the Grand Canyon.

Panelists include:

Leslie Begay (Navajo), former uranium miner and Vietnam Marine veteran; Brenda Jesus (Navajo), Navajo Nation Council delegate and chair of the Chair Resources and Development Committee; Leona Morgan (Navajo), co-founder of HaulNo!, a nonprofit working to stop what it calls "nuclear colonialism in the Southwest"; Carletta Tilousi (Havasupai), former chairwoman and member of White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council; and Monica Yellowhair (Navajo), outreach program director at the University of Arizona Cancer Center.

To attend the discussion in person or virtually, fill out the RSVP form below.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024, from 6–7:30 p.m.

Conference Center @ Rio Salado College

2323 W. 14th St.

Tempe, AZ 85281

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