Uranium company sues Colorado over mining rules
FORT COLLINS — A company that wants to mine uranium in northern Colorado has filed suit against state regulators, saying rules for keeping groundwater clean are unreasonable.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports Powertech Uranium Corp. filed suit in Denver District Court last week.
Powertech wants to pump treated water underground to dissolve uranium and then pump it to the surface.
The rules, adopted in August, require Powertech to return the groundwater to its original purity when the process is completed.
Powertech’s lawsuit calls that requirement irrational.
The suit also claims lawmakers illegally tried to control how regulators implemented two 2008 laws requiring Powertech to keep its mine from polluting groundwater.