An Australian company wants to reopen uranium mining in Oregon.
Most of the mine’s wealth won’t stay in Oregon, instead enriching corporate shareholders in Australia. Nor would the site, mostly on federal land, bring a dime in mineral royalties to the United States government or the state of Oregon.
â€œI can’t think of a clearer example of what’s wrong with federal mining law,â€ says Larry Tuttle, director of the Center for Environmental Equity. â€œNo one was talking about nuclear weapons in 1872 when the law was passed.â€