by Andrew Villegas,
February 26, 2008
The Larimer County Commissioners may soon chime in on a proposed uranium mine in Weld County, although the board has no authority over the project.
The Larimer Commissioners heard public input on the proposed mine Monday night, but tabled any proposed resolution against the mine for a few weeks while different commissioners go out of town.
The city of Fort Collins passed a resolution against the mine in December as has the town of Timnath. U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo., has also come out against the mine. The Weld County Commissioners, in conjunction with state and federal agencies, will have ultimate say on if the mine goes in.
Powertech Uranium Corp., a Canadian company, owns the 5,670-acre site situated between Nunn and Wellington, about 25 miles north of Greeley. Powertech officials have said the mine's in-situ leaching method using chemically treated water will be completely safe.
Larimer commissioner Randy Eubanks called the people who have expressed their concern about the mine "heroes" and told the crowd of about 75 people in the commissioners' chambers that he is in favor of a resolution against the mine. Eubanks worked for more than a dozen years in the nuclear power industry in the Navy and for a nuclear power company in Michigan.
More than 20 people spoke against the mine Monday night, several asking for the anti-mine resolution.
Darrell Wyatt, a Carr resident, said that he and his wife are reconsidering their retirement to northern Colorado because of the mine.
"We've been to Utah, New Mexico and Montana looking to buy comparable rural property, which is what we love," Wyatt said. "When we find one, we're moving."