Cotter ordered to clean up uranium in SW Colo.

DENVER — The Cotter Corp. has been ordered to clean up toxic uranium found at an old mine in southwestern Colorado.

The Denver Post reported today that around 300 to 500 tons of uranium ore was found at the site about 4 miles from the Dolores River. State mining regulators have ordered Cotter to build berms around it by Nov. 17 and remove it by early next year.

Company officials didn’t return calls.

Meanwhile, the state health department is poised to renew a water-discharge permit for the mine, which is near a site south of Montrose where another company wants to build the nation’s first new uranium mill since the Cold War.

Cotter also owns an old mine which has contaminated a creek that feeds a Denver-area reservoir.


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