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September 14, 2007


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To Governor Palin:

I’m writing to inform you on our situation, and why we don’t want it to happen. I am writing to inform you on our situation with the Triex company mining on our land for uranium. I am going to give you the information on it and the effects.

As you know uranium is a hard, silver-white, radioactive metal. It can react with cold water. In air it is coated by uranium oxide, corrupting rapidly. Steam and acids attack it. Uranium can form solid solutions and intermetallic compounds with many of the metals. Although uranium is radioactive, it is not particularly rare. It is widely spread throughout the environment and so it is impossible to shun uranium. Well on with the health effects.

People always experience exposure to a certain amount of uranium from food, air, soil and water, as it is naturally present in all these components. Food, such as root vegetables, and water will provide us with small amounts of natural uranium and we will breathe in minimal concentrations of uranium with air. The concentrations of it in seafood are usually so low that they can be safely ignored. Because uranium is a radioactive substance health effects have been researched. Scientists have detected no harmful radiation effects of natural levels of uranium. However, chemical effects may occur after the uptake of large amounts of it and these can cause health effects such as kidney disease. It can also ruin your reproductive system, give you cancer (including leukemia), and ruin your ecosystem.

Uranium will effect our air, water, animals, fish, everything. If you take out one thing or even change it a little in the ecosystem everything else will be affected by it too. While uranium itself is not particularly dangerous, some of its decay products do pose a threat, especially radon, which can build up in confined spaces such as basements. Uranium in air exists as dust that will fall into surface water, on plants or on soils through settling or rainfall. Water containing low amounts of uranium is usually safe to drink. Because of its nature, uranium is not likely to build up in fish or vegetables and uranium that is absorbed will be abolished quickly through urine and feces. We don’t want them to drill or mine where it will affect our land, animals, rivers, fish, etc. We depend on subsistence more than store bought because the prices here are ridiculous. Its like we need to be really rich to live here.

Anyway in conclusion we are against having Triex drill at Boulder Creek. I wanted to know what are you going to do about it to help us. There are a lot of other places they can mine it. I don’t want my future babies to be deformed. Thanks.


Irene Murray


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Map of Uranium Mine Site

September 13, 2007

The Mine Site is about 20 miles north of Elim Alaska.


The Yellow Monster

September 13, 2007

Student Essay on Uranium

September 13, 2007

Tammie Saccheus
Uranium essay
September 5, 2007

Uranium is a very heavy dense metal. It is also radioactive. Uranium metal has a very high density. Uranium can react with cold water when it is finely divided. It can form solids solutions and intermetallic compounds with many of the metals. Uranium is used to make nuclear weapons, and nuclear power plants. More than half of the uranium people mine for is to make nuclear weapons. After the people get the uranium out of the Earth, there are very bad environmental effects, and even has effects on humans.
Natural uranium is found in the earth’s crust as a large mixture of two isotopes, which is uranium-238, accounting for 99.3% and U-235 about 0.7%. The first thing that happens in mining uranium is that people fly over areas and see which spot gives off radiation. After they find a spot, they drill holes into the earth and test it for uranium by geologists. In either open pits or underground mines the ore is dug out of the ground mainly by drilling and blasting. After they get the ore out, they need to make it into fine fragments to treat it. Then they make it into a powder and that is when it is ready for treatment. The next step is precipitation and drying then after that they do the tailing waste step, next is storage and shipping.
After the people that mined for uranium leaves a lot of radioactive minerals behind. Uranium can travel through water and it is air borne,  that means wherever the people mine for uranium, the ore can travel through water and air, with a radius of forty miles away. The most radiation that is released is at mines. Mining areas will have long-term damage on the environment. While uranium itself is not really dangerous, some of it decay products do pose a threat, especially radon, which can build up confined spaces such as basements. Uranium can seep into the earth and ruin the soil and that will contaminate the plants that grow on the soil. The plants can also be contaminated by uranium in the air. Uranium can also travel through the water, which can contaminate the marine life.
Uranium can cause all kinds of health problems to the human body. It causes toxic damage to the kidneys. Exposure to uranium increases your risk of getting cancer due to radioactivity. Since uranium tends to concentrate in specific locations in the body, risk of cancer in the bone, liver cancer, and blood diseases, such as leukemia, are increased. Inhaling uranium increases the risk of lung cancer.  Uranium even causes birth defects. Women that get or are pregnant and hang around uranium or get the uranium radiation have babies that are deformed in some way. The babies either have no arms and just hands, a very big belly, deformed head, and some babies have big eyes along with black eyes.
There are a lot of environmental effects and a lot of health problems when people take uranium ore out of the ground. By far the greatest long-term radiation damage to our planet is cased by uranium mining. Mining uranium gives off a lot of radiation, way more than nuclear weapons, and nuclear power plants. When people get in contact with uranium ore for a long enough time for it to get into your body, it causes a lot of health problems. What would you do if a uranium company were trying to mine at least 30 miles away from your hometown, where you grew up and where you are going to stay and raise a family?


September 13, 2007

  • Uranium is a white and black metallic chemical that is 70% more dense then lead and is slightly less dense then gold.
  • Uranium is mainly needed for nuclear weapons and nuclear power stations
  • About half of the uranium that is mined today is used to produce nuclear weapons
  • Most nuclear weapons countries use uranium in nuclear weapons before they use it for nuclear power stations
  • There are 1100 nuclear reactors operating throughout the world, and only 430 are used to generate electricity
  • Some kinds of artificially produced radioisotopes are used in medicine, industry, and smoke detectors. (Radioisotopes are waste products of nuclear industry)
  • Depleted uranium is used for armor piercing shells and missiles, and as ballast in yachts and aircraft. Uranium is readily converted to finely divided radioactive uranium oxide dust during fires such as when a plane crashes or when a missiles explodes.
  • New uses for uranium are being found for depleted uranium.

This is an article about uranium in the Nome Nugget.  You will have to scroll down to find the article. 


These are the land mammals that could be affected by uranium. There has been uranium discovered near Boulder Creek in the Norton Sound Region. We, the people, of Elim want to stop the mining of uranium to protect our culture, land, and animals so we continue our subsistent ways.