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FEBRUARY 2016

UTAH SEEKS SCOPING COMMENTS ON SHOOTARING CANYON URANIUM MILL

The Utah Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control (DWMRC) has issued a Notice requesting scoping comments on the License Renewal for the Shootaring Canyon Uranium Mill, Garfield County, Utah. Comments are due March 25.

The agency is seeking comments from the public about the relicensing and possible reopening of the Mill. Anfield Resources Inc. must submit the License Renewal Application by the end of June. Anfield would like to refurbish and reopen the Mill, which has not operated since 1982.

However, Anfield does not have the funds to reopen the Mill or the funds to permit, develop, and operate a couple of uranium mines. According to Anfield's SEDAR filings, as of September 2015, the Company had a working capital deficit of $1,504,061. Anfield has no history of profitable operations. As of November 2015 Anfield had insufficient funds to meet all property commitments and agreements.

The Mill should be decommissioned and reclaimed. However, the tailings impoundment is unlined, so there are issues about the long-term presence of uranium mill tailings in the Colorado River watershed.

The current uranium market does not support the operation of the only conventional uranium mill in the United States licensed to operate, the White Mesa Mill. The White Mesa Mill is on standby, and all of the permitted uranium mines in Utah have been on standby since 2012 or before. There is no evidence that the current price of uranium will support the operation of a new mill and new mines, even if Anfield has all the capital it needed to refurbish the Mill and permit and operate mines to produce uranium ore.

JANUARY 2016

UTAH APPROVES TRANSFER OF
SHOOTARING CANYON MILL TO ANFIELD

The Utah Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control (DWMRC) has approved the transfer of the Shootaring Canyon Uranium Mill from Uranium One Americas, Inc. (Uranium One) to Anfield Resources Holding Corp. (Anfield). The DWMRC transferred the Mill's Radioactive Material License and Groundwater Quality Discharge Permit.

On December 2, 2015, DWMRC responding to a November 17, 2015, license extension request and extended the date for Anfield to submit a license renewal application to June 30, 2016.

According to documents submitted to the Canadian Securities Administrators and available on SEDAR, Anfield is in debt and does not have the funds to refurbish the mill, operate the mill, or permit, develop, and operate uranium mines to supply ore to the Mill.

Shootaring Canyon License and Permit Transfer

STOP FUKUSHIMA FREEWAYS CAMPAIGN!
Maps Show Utah Major Route for High Level Waste

Uranium Watch has joined the Nuclear Information and Resource Service Campaign to stop the transportation of the nuclear reactor spent fuel rods (High Level Nuclear Waste), to Yucca Mountain and through Utah.

Massive and unnecessary radioactive waste transportation would occur across the U.S. if the scientifically-indefensible Yucca Mountain, Nevada, waste dump were to be revived. Such large-scale transport would also occur if, as some in Congress advocate, a "centralized interim storage" site for high-level radioactive waste were created. In that case, the waste would either have to move twice (once to the interim site, and then to a permanent site), thus doubling the risks. The "interim" site could become a de facto permanent waste dump.

Over 10,000 casks would move through Utah along I-15, I-80, I-84, and along the rail lines across Utah from Colorado. Casks would be transported along the Colorado River canyons in Colorado and Utah. Colorado and Utah are not prepared for to handle these hazards.

Utah HLNW Transportation Map
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State of Nevada Nuclear Waste Information WebSite
The Spectrum (St. George) - News Article
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