State lawmaker cleaning up uranium mines

DURANGO — State Rep. Don Coram is taking steps to clean up and shut down four uranium mines he owns in southwestern Colorado.

Coram says he wants to restore the land to its pre-mining condition.

According to the Durango Herald (http://tinyurl.com/k596zrb ), miners and their critics have clashed over waste piles above the Paradox Valley.

Critics say if water that runs off waste piles makes its way to a river, it could carry radioactive materials and other toxic heavy metals. Miners say the risk of that happening is low.


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