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by Matt Alexander
The Mirror (University of Northern Colorado
October 26, 2007

Concerned residents discuss uranium mining

Concerned members of the Greeley community and the University of Northern Colorado student body attended a meeting concerning uranium mining in northern Colorado on Wednesday night.

Coloradoans Against Resource Destruction is an environmental group consisting of landowners in and out of northern Colorado. The meeting consisted of three presentations concerning different issues raised by uranium mining, such as health risks, environmental risk and economic risks of opening a uranium mine in northern Colorado.

The proposed uranium mine, known as the Centennial Project, is being considered in four different sites in northern Colorado, each within 20 miles of Greeley. The Centennial Project is being built by the Powertech Uranium Corporation, a company based out of Toronto with no previous experience in uranium mining.

CARD was invited to talk about uranium by the UNC Sustainability Forum, a student group which focuses on resource issues and bringing UNC and the greater Greeley community together.

"There's barely any local economic benefit from the uranium mining, there's no environmental benefit, and socially people are going to lose their jobs in 10 years when this place is out of here. There's going to be huge health implications of it," said UNC Sustainability Forum President Adam Davidson.

The meeting also had political participation, as representatives from both Rep. Marilyn Musgrave and Sen. Ken Salazar were present at the meeting.

The meeting itself consisted of three parts from speakers Amy Wangeline, Lilias Jones Jardin and Jay Baker.

While the uranium mine has not been well publicized on campus, students who have heard of the uranium mine have concerns about their safety.

"The further away the better," Tyler Ward, a senior journalism major said. "I don't know enough about the hazards and the complications that uranium mines produce."

The biggest concern for citizens living near uranium mines is the possibility of being contaminated by the radioactive uranium that is being mined out of the site.

CARD is a non-profit organization whose members joined the cause out of concern of proposal of a uranium mine being built in northern Colorado.

"When I heard about the proposal, I said 'Wait a minute, I know what happens if you do this, and I don't want it happening anywhere near where I live' so that's where my interest comes from," said Jardin, who is a professor of political science at Colorado State University.

Students interested in stopping uranium mining can look up information and sign an online petition against uranium mining at CARD's Web site, www.nunnglow.com.




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