Energy policy — nuclear: Two Moab conservation groups are challenging Piñon Ridge groundwater permits

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From the Montrose Daily Press (Katharhynn Heidelberg):

Red Rock Forests and Living Rivers filed a statement of opposition to three of EF’s water-permit applications for groundwater that is tributary to the Dolores River. The water would be used for Energy Fuels’ proposed Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill near Paradox.

More coverage from The Grand Junctional Daily Sentinel:

[Energy Fuels Resources LLC] is seeking 500 acre-feet of water that feeds into to the Dolores River for milling at the proposed Pi&#241on Ridge Uranium Mill near Paradox and 500 acre-feet in the form of captured rainwater needed to prevent water discharges from the site. Red Rock Forests is concerned about the “speculative nature of uranium mining and milling” in the region and whether Energy Fuels Resources will hold the water right without developing the mill, acting Director Harold Shepherd said…

The Bureau of Land Management is considering the Dolores River for status as a wild and scenic river, and diverting water for the mill could threaten that, said John Weisheit, conservation director for Living Rivers.

More nuclear coverage here and here.

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