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Salazar requests close scrutiny of uranium project Print

by Coloradoan Staff
Fort Collins Coloradoan
November 13, 2007

U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to keep a close watch on a proposed uranium-mining operation in Weld County.

Salazar announced Tuesday he has written the EPA and asked that it carefully review the potential impacts of the proposed Centennial project east of Wellington on groundwater and massive underground aquifers.

The project by Powertech (USA) would use the in-situ mining process, which entails injecting treated water into the ground to dissolve and extract uranium ore. Company officials say the process is safe, but critics worry it could cause extensive contamination.

Salazar also asked for a history of the known environmental impacts of in-situ mining in his letter.

Powertech expects to submit applications for the mining project to federal, state and Weld County regulators in 2008.

Note From CARD:
For more information, see this report on U.S. Senator Ken Salazar's website: Sen. Salazar Tasks EPA to Expand Examination of Potential Impacts of Uranium Mine on Groundwater Sources in Northern Colorado.



        
 

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