Testimony to continue on Naturita uranium mill

Testimony continues Monday in a hearing on a proposed uranium mill near Naturita.

Energy Fuels Inc. is seeking the restoration of its license to handle radioactive materials at the mill, which is to be built on 880 acres of land near Naturita.

Opponents, including the Telluride-based Sheep Mountain Alliance, earlier this year, sought to have the license revoked, contending that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment failed to gather public comment on the proposed mill during the permitting process.

The hearing, which will continue through Tuesday in Nucla, allows for the cross-examination of witnesses by both sides.

Before the hearing began, Energy Fuels and two of the plaintiffs in the case, Telluride and San Miguel County, reached settlements, but the Sheep Mountain Alliance is continuing its opposition to construction of the mill, which would process both uranium and vanadium, an element used in steel making.

The mill would be the first to be constructed in the U.S. in three decades and would fit into the company’s plans to process ores from Colorado mines, including some in Mesa County.

Sheep Mountain Alliance contends that the mill proposes a threat to regional air and water quality.

The hearing is taking place from 8:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge in Nucla, 1045 Main St.


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