Silje Karine Muotka, Saami Parliament

Silje Karine Muotka Alta, Norway Silje, a member of parliament in the indigenous Saami community, is fighting a proposed copper mine that would dump nearly 2 million tonnes of waste into the Repparfjord, impacting traditional livelihoods, human health, animals, and… More »

Ajkwa Estuary

Grasberg Mine: Hazardous and Inhumane Freeport McMoRan’s Grasberg mine, located in the province of Papua in Indonesia, is one of the world’s largest open-pit copper and gold mines. Mining operations and tailings, which are laden with hazardous waste, repeatedly displace… More »

San Rafael Las Flores

Opposition to Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine Vea abajo para información en Español. Tahoe Resources is a Canadian mining company headquartered in Reno, NV that has consistently undermined impacted communities’ right to consultation and consent, in order to impose the Escobal… More »

Basamuk Bay

The Ramu nickel and cobalt mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has generated controversy and deep concerns over its environmental and social record. Despite fierce local opposition and a legal battle that suspended operations for 19 months, the mine is… More »

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Nordic Mining’s threat to a fertile fjord Nordic Mining has begun test drilling for a new open-pit rutile and garnet mine near the community of Vevring located in a region on Norway’s west coast famous for its fjords. If constructed,… More »


Norwegian mining company Nussir ASA is pursuing a copper mine in the municipality of Kvalsund in northern county of Finnmark. If approved, the mine would annually dump an estimated 2 million tonnes of mine waste into the Repparfjord and seriously… More »

Schwartzwalder Mine

Once one of the nation’s largest underground uranium mines, the Schwartzwalder Mine is located in Jefferson County northwest of Denver, Colorado.

Colorado Cotter Corporation acquired the Schwartzwalder Mine in 1965 and was operational until 2000. The uranium deposit was discovered in the 1940s and was developed as a multi-level, hard rock underground uranium mine.[1]

Smith-Highland Ranch

Nearly every uranium operation studied in this report had environmental and/or labor violations. The following case studies -- taken from our publication, Nuclear Power's Other Tragedy: Communities Living with Uranium Mining -- highlight some of the most controversial uranium projects in the United States.