The EPA has given tentative approval for the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill tailings cell and evaporation ponds


Here’s the letter from EPA Assistant Regional Administrator Stephen S. Tuber to the Energy Fuels Company.

More coverage from the Associated Press (Catharine Tsai) via The Pueblo Chieftain:

Federal regulators have approved Energy Fuels Resources Corp.’s plan to build a roughly 30-acre tailings cell and about 40 acres of evaporation ponds at its proposed Pinon Ridge uranium mill in Southwest Colorado, but there are conditions. The Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter Wednesday that the approval is contingent on the agency approving a plan by the company to monitor ground and surface water.

More coverage from Gary Harmon writing for The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. From the article:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a construction approval to Energy Fuels Resources Corp. for the construction and operation of uranium byproduct material impoundments at the Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill.

Company officials still have to obtain air-quality permits from the state and are hoping to begin construction in 2012.

More nuclear coverage here and here.

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