Judge: Lawsuit on planned uranium mill can go on

DENVER — A Denver judge says a citizens group can proceed with its lawsuit challenging the proposed Pinon Ridge uranium mill in western Colorado.

The lawsuit by the Telluride-based Sheep Mountain Alliance seeks to revoke a radioactive materials license the state health department issued to Energy Fuels Inc. for its proposed mill in Montrose County.

A judge Wednesday denied requests by the department and company to dismiss the lawsuit, saying he hasn’t seen enough evidence at this point to warrant dismissal.

Sheep Mountain Alliance contends state health officials violated federal and state laws in approving the mill license. One of its arguments is that the amount of money Energy Fuels was required to post to cover future cleanup costs was too low.

The judge hasn’t ruled on the merits of those arguments.


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