Bump and Update: Say hello to PowerTechExposed.com where you can read the full resolution passed last week by the Nunn Town Board. Coyote Gulch reader Jim sent in the link and added: “It was quite a slog, but we got ‘er done.”
The Nunn Town Board can’t stop Powertech’s project but they’re interested in making a statement. Here’s a report from Bobby Magill writing for the Fort Collins Coloradoan. From the article:
Hailed by a standing ovation Thursday night from a gymnasium full of Weld County residents distrustful of uranium mining company Powertech, a divided board of trustees approved a resolution opposing the company’s proposed Centennial Project uranium mine. Nunn joins the cities and towns of Fort Collins, Greeley, Ault, Wellington and Timnath in opposing the mine slated to be built on nearly 10,000 acres between Nunn and Interstate 25 about 15 miles northeast of Fort Collins. The resolution urges the state, Weld County and the federal government to deny Powertech its mining permits. The fate of the mine depends on both the state and county issuing it permits and on the final form of in-situ uranium mining rules state officials are now writing.
More coverage from The Greeley Tribune (Colin Lindenmayer):
The measure passed 4-2 — one trustee abstained — to accept the resolution, proposed by Coloradoans Against Resource Destruction. Though the resolution cannot prevent Denver-based Powertech Uranium Corp. from building its uranium mine, some residents hope it will affect a state decision that could prevent mining in the area…
Mayor Jeffery Pigue expressed concern during the meeting that preventing landowners from receiving financial benefits presented by the mine could result in legal action by the ranchers. “There’s several landowners out there that do plan on getting the royalties from this mining operation, and if these ranchers feel that we have caused significant damage to this operation, then they could possibly seek legal action,” Pigue said…
Public comment was dominated by residents opposed to the mine. Ault’s Charles Kindsfather compared bringing a uranium mine to Nunn to “playing Russian roulette with a loaded pistol.” “There is a loaded shell in every cylinder.” he said. “You can’t develop a filter that is large enough and fine enough to remove these microscopic, highly toxic chemicals.”[…]
Williams, who lives six miles west of Nunn, received applause after summarizing a 41-page document regarding water quality on former mining sites, saying, “To date, no remediation of an ISR (in-situ leach recovery) or ISL (in-situ leach) operation of the United States has successfully returned an aquifor to baseline conditions,” meaning the amount of heavy metals in aquifors have always been measured higher after mining operations than before.
More nuclear coverage here and here.