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Ojai City Manager James Vega writes letter to congresswoman opposing uranium mining in area

Ojai City Manager James Vega wrote this letter on July 22 to Rep. Julia Brownley, who represents the Ojai Valley in Congress:
The city of Ojai has learned that a document recently released by the Department of Energy outlines a federal strategy for ensuring domestic procurement of nuclear fuel raw materials in the interests of national security. A document, entitled “Restoring America’s Competitive Nuclear Energy Advantage,” has generated concern.
Many fear that publication of this document indicates a push at the federal level to allow uranium mining in the Los Padres National Forest. The site of uranium deposits in the forest is in remote, backcountry land behind largely accessed via roads through Ojai. Residents have expressed concern that such mining would irreparably impact wildlife, forestry management for wildfires, local watersheds and the condor sanctuary.
City staff has contacted administrators of the Los Padres National Forest and the office of Congressman Salud Carbajal of the 24th Congressional District, which covers most of the LPNF. Representatives at these offices informed the city that LPNF leadership has received no recent expression of interest from the uranium mining industry regarding mining in the LPNF.
However, should any discussions arise regarding possible uranium mining within the LPNF, we encourage you, on behalf of our residents, to take every measure possible to oppose such activity.
The city of Ojai appreciates your continued leadership in protecting Ventura County’s natural resources.

 

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