From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Bobby Magill):
If approved, the proposed rules will implement a 2008 law, House Bill 1161, which regulates in situ uranium mines across the state, requiring mining companies to return the groundwater around an in situ leach mine to the same quality it was prior to mining. Before the state can issue an in situ leach mining permit, the law requires mining companies to cite five examples of other similar mining operations that did not harm groundwater.
On Friday, the draft rules were still being revised, and changes were still being made throughout the document based on public comments the state Office of Mined Land Reclamation had received, office director David Berry said.
The rules and the law will “provide a minimum level of protection for groundwater from in situ uranium mining,” said Jeff Parsons of the Western Mining Action Project in Boulder. “Powertech’s proposal is in an inappropriate place surrounded by water wells on all sides.”