Public input set May 13 on uranium regulations

Uranium prospectors no longer will be shielded from confidentiality for their plans under regulations being considered by the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board.

The regulations are designed to implement Senate Bill 228, passed in 2008 by the Colorado Legislature, and will be the subject of a public hearing.

Most of the information uranium prospectors must provide in a notice of intent to conduct prospecting, or a modification to such a notice, would be a public record subject to the state’s Open Records Act.

The regulations contain no requirement, however, that prospecting be subject to administrative review or public comment before permits are issued.

Prospectors could maintain the confidentiality of information about the size, location and nature of a mineral deposit, as well as other information deemed proprietary that is deemed by the board to be a trade secret.

The board will take public comments from 1 to 9 p.m. May 13 at the Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott, 765 Horizon Drive. The hearing could end early if all testimony is complete.

The hearing is one of four around the state. Other hearings will be in Loveland on Thursday, Salida on May 26 and Denver on June 10.


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