A win for uranium

Although a Telluride-based environmental groups sought to discount it, the decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals Thursday was an important win for a proposed uranium mill in the West End of Montrose County.

The appeals court determined that Montrose County commissioners met legal requirements and didn’t exceed their authority when they approved a conditional use permit for Energy Fuels Inc.‘s proposed uranium mill west of Naturita.

The court ruling doesn’t end the legal battle for the proposed $150 million mill. The same environmental group, the Sheep Mountain Alliance, has filed a lawsuit contesting a state permit issued for the mill.

Even so, we’re glad to see the appeals court upheld the county’s approval process.

As has been noted before, the technology, as well as the health and environmental safeguards for uranium processing have improved exponentially since the 1950s and 1960s.

Moreover, nuclear power continues to be an important part of our energy supply. And domestic demand for uranium to power nuclear reactors is expected to grow in the next few decades.

We should be preparing to meet that need in a responsible manner, not simply seeking to block a needed mill.


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