EPA pulls Weld Co. uranium permit, will draft new one

DENVER — The Environmental Protection Agency has pulled a permit for a company which is hoping to mine uranium in Weld County, and says it will prepare a new draft permit that will be open for public comment.

The permit would have let Powertech (USA) re-inject groundwater from a test of an aquifer pump. Powertech planned to use information from the test to apply for a permit to recover uranium through in situ mining.

Resident James Woodward and Coloradoans Against Resource Destruction, or CARD, had asked in January for a review of the permit. CARD argued the EPA didn’t review all critical information before issuing the permit, while Woodward said the permit’s conditions didn’t have enough protection for drinking water.

A Powertech spokesman didn’t immediately return an e-mail seeking comment today.


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