MOAB — Three Moab-based conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit this week to halt uranium exploration and the construction of radon vent holes on U.S. Forest Service land in the Manti-La Sal National Forest in La Sal, San Juan County.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, challenges a decision by the Moab/Monticello Ranger District to permit the drilling of 16 exploration drill holes and two radon vent holes as part of the expansion of the Pandora Uranium Mine.
The Pandora Mine is owned by Denison Mines Corp. Uranium ore from the mine is transported to Denison’s uranium mill on White Mesa, a few miles south of Blanding in San Juan County.
The groups — Living Rivers, Uranium Watch and the Center for Water Advocacy — also filed a request for a preliminary injunction at the Pandora Mine to stay ground disturbance and construction of the exploration holes and radon vent holes until the case can be fully heard by the federal court.