From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Bobby Magill):
The Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board decided Wednesday to move ahead with a formal rulemaking process that will implement a 2008 law, House Bill 1161, which regulates in situ, or “in place,” leach uranium mines in the state…
Sometime in the “next several days,” the state Mined Land Reclamation Office will post a timeline for the rulemaking process and the final proposed rule, office director David Berry said Thursday. The formal rulemaking process, he said, is expected to begin in April and last for “several months.”
The rulemaking is separate from any federal permitting process Powertech must go through to begin mining. The company needs a permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would regulate how the Centennial Project can impact underlying groundwater.