Energy policy — nuclear: The Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board sets hearing schedule for proposed uranium mining rules

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From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon):

Most of the information uranium prospectors must provide in a notice of intent to conduct prospecting, or a modification to such a notice, would be a public record subject to the state’s Open Records Act. The regulations contain no requirement, however, that prospecting be subject to administrative review or public comment before permits are issued. Prospectors could maintain the confidentiality of information about the size, location and nature of a mineral deposit, as well as other information deemed proprietary that is deemed by the board to be a trade secret.

The board will take public comments from 1 to 9 p.m. May 13 at the Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott, 765 Horizon Drive. The hearing could end early if all testimony is complete.

Meanwhile the Piñon Ridge Mill is waiting on their permit from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment hoping to start operation in 2011, according to a report from Gary Harmon writing for The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. From the article:

The mill project is “pretty much on schedule,” Energy Fuels Inc. founder George Glasier said at the spring meeting of Club 20 at Two Rivers Convention Center. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is considering the company’s application for the mill. Energy Fuels invested $10 million in acquiring the mill site and preparing its application, Glasier said.

Energy Fuels has mines in Colorado, and “we expect those mines to start operations as soon as this mill permit is issued,” probably in early 2011, Glasier said. Right now, no mines are operating in Colorado, but two mines are operating in Utah, Glasier said.

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