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Uranium Mining & Development

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP offers clients a broad range of experience and institutional knowledge in the area of uranium mining and development. Our attorneys represent clients with interests in all aspects of uranium exploration and development, including transactions, royalty issues, environmental and mine permitting and licensing, development on public lands, financing, and remediation. Our lawyers also have extensive experience in advising clients on issues arising from the in situ development of minerals. 

Davis Graham lawyers are well-versed in the nuances of the 1872 Mining Law; have experience in dealing with issues pertaining to the location, perfection, and maintenance of unpatented mining claims; and are well known for their work in major mining acquisitions, joint ventures, development projects, and divestitures. Over the past several years, the firm has worked on a number of significant mining transactions, including acquisitions of gold mines in Russia, the western U.S., and Central and South America; the acquisition of coal mines; sales of major mining companies; and the financing of operations at gold and other metals mines in the U.S. and in other countries. Experience in the broader mining field provides clients with a complete array of the expertise needed to pursue uranium exploration and development. 

Davis Graham also has extensive experience representing clients before state and federal administrative agencies in rulemaking proceedings, administrative enforcement actions, and permitting decisions. Our expertise with water rights, mine permitting, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act, the Mine Safety and Health Act, and other compliance issues assists clients in carrying mining projects to completion. Our litigation lawyers have broad experience in mining issues, running the gamut from royalty disputes to construction contracts to the impact of bankruptcy on a mining transaction.  

Representative Experience

  • Represented publicly traded Canadian and U.S. mining companies in both stock and asset purchases of uranium companies/uranium projects in the western United States, as well as joint ventures on uranium projects. 
  • Represented the U.S. subsidiary of a publicly traded Canadian uranium mining company in successfully defending litigation brought by a royalty owner seeking to impose a broad area of interest provision on uranium production. 
  • Represented a U.S. uranium producer in obtaining project financing, allowing it to achieve commercial production at its uranium mine in Wyoming. 
  • Represented an Australian public company in the acquisition of a minority interest in a uranium project in the U.S.  
  • Assisted a uranium mining client in drafting comments on EPA’s proposed revisions to the federal regulations governing in situ uranium recovery operations. 
  • Evaluated potential environmental liability associated with operating an in situ uranium recovery operation adjacent to a historic open pit uranium mine. 
  • Evaluated potential environmental liability associated with reprocessing uranium-bearing secondary materials. 
  • Assisted clients in evaluating licensing and other regulatory requirements for domestic and international shipment of uranium-bearing ores and other materials. 
  • Represented clients in government enforcement actions relating to the management and disposal of historic uranium mill tailings under CERCLA and the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA). 
  • Worked with several clients in evaluating the regulatory and licensing requirements for managing uranium and thorium waste materials generated in the mining and processing of rare earth elements. 

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