Roca Honda Mine

At a Glance:

Location: San Mateo, New Mexico

Date: 2013

Vital Condition: Belonging and Civic Muscle, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: clean air, belonging and civic muscle, parks, clean water, environmental health

Affected Population: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

Research Methods: Qualitative research, Primary research

Community Types: tribal, rural

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The U.S. Forest Service drafted an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal by Roca Honda Resources to develop and conduct underground uranium mining operations at Roca Honda Resources’ mining claims in the Mt. Taylor Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest. Stakeholders expressed the greatest concern over water and cultural issues during the scoping process. The EIS explored the impacts of the proposed mining operation on many resources, including surface water, groundwater, air quality, cultural and historic resources, recreation, and transportation. The EIS identified potential short- and long-term impacts on each of the resources, and recommended appropriate mitigation actions. The EIS found that even after implementation of recommended mitigation actions, adverse impacts to several resources, including groundwater, cultural and historic resources, will likely remain.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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