Uranium mill takes first regulatory step

A state agency today issued a license that will allow a Canadian company to move toward construction on a 500-ton-per-day uranium mill in Montrose County.

Energy Fuels Resources Corp. is planning to construct the first new conventional uranium mill in the United States in more than 25 years in the Paradox Valley of about 12 miles west of Naturita.

“Energy Fuels has demonstrated it can build and operate the mill in a manner that is protective of both human health and the environment,” said Steve Tarlton, Radiation Program manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Our comprehensive review considered short- and long-term impacts of the proposed mill, including radiological and nonradiological impacts to water, air and wildlife, as well as economic, social and transportation-related impacts.”

Energy Fuels must also:

— Obtain all applicable permits and other authorizations of local, state and federal agencies with authority over health, safety and environmental protection.

— Obtain Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approval of final design and construction plans, including plans for quality assurance and quality control.

Read the full story in the Thursday edition of the Daily Sentinel.


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