Energy policy — nuclear: June 8 public comment meeting for proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill

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From The Telluride Watch:

The radiation program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has received comments from the Montrose County Commissioners on the Environmental Report section of the Energy Fuels Resources Corp. radioactive materials license application. The license is required before the company can construct its proposed Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill about 12 miles west of Naturita, in the Paradox Valley. Receipt of the comments establishes a deadline of Jan. 17, 2011 for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to issue a decision on the license application.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will hold a public meeting to accept public comments and to discuss the ongoing licensing process from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8 at the Montrose Pavilion auditorium.

Here’s an update on the permitting process with Montrose County from Katharhynn Heidelberg writing for the Montrose Daily Press. From the article:

Montrose County wants Energy Fuels to clarify expansion plans for its proposed uranium and vanadium mill on the West End. In documents released last week, county commissioners also said mitigation plans for mill closure are lacking, and they detailed the mill’s likely socioeconomic impact, good and bad. The documents drew “a major question mark” over aquifer response and groundwater sustainability. “We just want to make sure those are spoken to in the application process,” said County Commissioner Gary Ellis. But, he said, the county still supports the Piñon Ridge Mill, which Energy Fuels plans to build in the Paradox Valley.

More nuclear coverage here and here.

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