Uranium mill challenged in court

An environmental organization filed suit in state court in Denver saying that the process used to approve the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill in Montrose County violated federal law.

The suit filed by the Sheep Mountain Alliance alleges that state regulators failed to allow the alliance to question Energy Fuels Resources Inc., technical questions about the project. That appears to violate the federal Atomic Energy Act. the organization said in a statement.

Energy Fuels Resources is in the middle of a 60-day review period in which it is considering whether to appeal any parts of the permit approved last month by state regulators. After that review period, which expires March 5, opponents have a 30-day review period.

The alliance “exhausted all remedies before we decided to file this lawsuit,”  Linda Miller, a member of the alliance board of directors. “We participated in the approval process but our concerns were not addressed. We’re disappointed that the state did not issue a decision that would have protected the public interest and we must now rely on the district court to uphold the law.”

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