• So, the judge makes a ruling but TCEQ can override it? Then what't the point of having a hearing? EPA also has to grant an "aquifer exemption" for the portion of the aquifer to be mined. How does that come into play?

    Lots of those exploratory old boreholes from 20 years ago were not plugged properly. Seismic blasts and hydrofracturing have also created pathways for the water to intermingle between sands. Two faults lie within vicinity of the mining zone. In other words, this portion of the Evangeline Aquifer in the recharge zone is NOT confined as required by law to mine uranium.

    This mining should be done elsewhere.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:08 a.m.