Denver District Court Throws Out License to Build Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill—Again — @sheepmtn

Here’s the release from the Sheep Mountain Alliance (Hillary Cooper): A Denver district judge has ruled against the license issued by the state of Colorado to Energy Fuels to construct and operate a uranium mill in Paradox Valley in western Montrose County for the second time. In a court ruling issued Wednesday, September 3, 2014, … Continue reading Denver District Court Throws Out License to Build Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill—Again — @sheepmtn

Energy Fuels sells the Piñon Ridge uranium plant site

From the Denver Business Journal (Caitlin Hendee): Energy Fuels, which previously had plans to build the nation’s first new uranium mill in 30 years, sold its Piñon Ridge license and several other assets in Western Colorado. The Toronto, Canada-based company (TSE: EFR) that has an office in Lakewood bought a large quantity of land in … Continue reading Energy Fuels sells the Piñon Ridge uranium plant site

The proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill could be online in 2017

From the Cortez Journal (Jim Mimiaga): The Pinon Ridge Mill has cleared several major permit hurdles and survived court challenges from environmental groups. Its proposed location is in Paradox Valley between Naturita and Bedrock off Colorado Highway 90… Energy Fuels Resources Corp., a Canadian-based company with a main office in Littleton, Colo., has been working … Continue reading The proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill could be online in 2017

Comment period for the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill open until September 13, public hearing August 13

From The Watch (Gus Jarvis): A public comment period is open until Sept. 13 on a proposal to build a uranium mill in the West End of Montrose County, with a public hearing set for Aug. 13, from 6-9 p.m., at the Nucla Moose Lodge. Energy Fuels, Inc., the Canadian mining company proposing to build … Continue reading Comment period for the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill open until September 13, public hearing August 13

The proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill will be the first new plant in US in 30 years

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): With a major regulatory hurdle out of its way — again — Energy Fuels Resources Corp. is now looking to the uranium market for the signal to move ahead with construction of a mill. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reissued the radioactive-materials license Thursday … Continue reading The proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill will be the first new plant in US in 30 years

The proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill gets state license #ColoradoRiver

Here’s the release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Radiation Program today announced Energy Fuels Resources Corp. has met all the regulatory requirements for a radioactive materials license for the Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill in western Montrose County, Colo. State law requires the department … Continue reading The proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill gets state license #ColoradoRiver

CDPHE is moving ahead with permit for the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

Here’s the letter and order from Chris Urbina at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: Attached is my signed decision regarding the matter of Energy Fuels radioactive materials license and the pending appeal by Sheep Mountain Alliance. It is a legal document. On January 14, 2013, Judge Richard Dana decided that the hearing … Continue reading CDPHE is moving ahead with permit for the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

Piñon Ridge uranium mill hearing recap

From email from the Sheep Mountain Alliance (Hillary White): After opening statements by all the parties kicked off the proceedings on Wed., Frank Filas, Environmental Project Manager for Energy Fuels took the stand and remained there through most of today. Mr. Filas’ testimony generally covered the entire length of the application submitted by Energy Fuels … Continue reading Piñon Ridge uranium mill hearing recap

CDPHE: Hearings for the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill on Wednesday

From The Telluride Daily Planet (Collin McRann): The hearings are set to begin Wednesday morning and could run through Nov. 13. They will be held each day at the Moose Lodge in Nucla from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with public comment set to start at 4 p.m. The hearings are the result of a … Continue reading CDPHE: Hearings for the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill on Wednesday

Piñon Ridge Mill: New hearing for proposed mill license to take place in November

From the Summit County Citizens Voice (Bob Berwyn): The new hearing was scheduled after Denver District Court Judge John McMullen ruled in June that the state’s previous review process was unlawful. Conservation groups and community activists and towns in the area have repeatedly expressed concerns about potential impacts to air and water quality from the … Continue reading Piñon Ridge Mill: New hearing for proposed mill license to take place in November

Denver District Court rules that the CDPHE must hold an administrative hearing for the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

From The Telluride Daily Planet (Collin McRann): The ruling from Judge John N. McMullen dismissed 10 of the environmental, health and safety claims brought against the Colorado Department of Public Heath and Environment concerning the issuance of the materials license. It did, however, determine that the CDPHE failed to offer the opportunity to the public … Continue reading Denver District Court rules that the CDPHE must hold an administrative hearing for the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

Judge John N. McMullen tells the CDPHE that it’s time for a do-over on the radioactive license for the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

The Sheep Mountain Alliance (@sheepmtn) sent out this tweet yesterday morning: Victory for @sheepmtn in our lawsuit to stop the Piñon Ridge #Uranium Mill They were kind enough to link to the judge’s order on Scribd. Here’s an excerpt: The Court, having found unlawful CDPHE’s action in issuing the License, sets aside that action, invalidates … Continue reading Judge John N. McMullen tells the CDPHE that it’s time for a do-over on the radioactive license for the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

Energy Fuels Corp announces a merger with Denison Mines Corp: Will they build the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill now?

From The Durango Herald (Joe Hanel): The merger with Denison Mines Corp. also gives Energy Fuels an operating uranium mill in Utah and raises the prospect that it might not build the Montrose County mill. Denver-based Energy Fuels wants to build the Piñon Ridge uranium mill in the Paradox Valley, outside the town of Naturita. … Continue reading Energy Fuels Corp announces a merger with Denison Mines Corp: Will they build the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill now?

State releases NRC letter confirming federal government will not intervene in Piñon Ridge radioactive materials license decision

Here’s the release from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (Warren Smith): The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment yesterday filed in Denver District Court its reply to Sheep Mountain Alliance in the alliance’s ongoing litigation challenging the state’s approval of a radioactive materials license for the Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill in western … Continue reading State releases NRC letter confirming federal government will not intervene in Piñon Ridge radioactive materials license decision

Piñon Ridge Mill: CDPHE officials ‘failed to subject themselves to the exacting scrutiny’ — Travis Stills

From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley): “We’re not challenging the license itself. We’re questioning the process under which they issued it. We’re just asking them to explain to us how they’re going to hold a public hearing and make sure that in any future licensing actions they will hold hearings,” Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman David … Continue reading Piñon Ridge Mill: CDPHE officials ‘failed to subject themselves to the exacting scrutiny’ — Travis Stills

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission tells the proponents of the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill to start over, CDPHE process failure

From the Summit County Citizens Voice (Bob Berwyn): The finding by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission could force Energy Fuels to start the application process from scratch. “How we read it is, it’s back to square one. There are some pretty clear requirements in this process,” said Travis Stills, with Durango-based Energy & Conservation Law. The … Continue reading The Nuclear Regulatory Commission tells the proponents of the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill to start over, CDPHE process failure

The EPA has issued a permit for the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill tailings cell and evaporation ponds

From The Telluride Daily Planet (Kathrine Warren): The permit approves the construction of a 40-acre tailings impoundment and a 30-acre evaporation pond facility, which will manage the tailings and wastewater the future mill produces… The permit came with a number of conditions, but Energy Fuels’ Director of Communications and Legal Affairs Curtis Moore said the … Continue reading The EPA has issued a permit for the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill tailings cell and evaporation ponds

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

The Town of Ophir joins Telluride lawsuit over the licensing of the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill

From The Telluride Watch: The Town of Ophir has joined the Town of Telluride in seeking to intervene in a lawsuit challenging licensure of the mill because the public was not allowed to have a meaningful role in the process, as required by both state and federal law. Public Justice, the national public interest law … Continue reading The Town of Ophir joins Telluride lawsuit over the licensing of the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill

Energy policy — nuclear: Sheep Mountain, et al., settle with Energy Fuels over water court application for the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

From The Telluride Daily Planet (Matthew Beudin): [Sheep Mountain Alliance], a Telluride-based environmental non-profit, has opposed the planned mill — to be located in Paradox Valley, about 60 miles west of Telluride — at nearly every turn. But last week, Sheep Mountain and others agreed to withdraw their objections regarding water use in exchange for … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: Sheep Mountain, et al., settle with Energy Fuels over water court application for the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

Energy policy — nuclear: The Town of Telluride town council approves lawsuit over operating license for the proposed Piñon Ridge mill

From The Telluride Watch: On Tuesday, the Telluride Town Council voted unanimously to retain the legal services of a national public interest law firm, Public Justice, to litigate the case… In January, the CDPHE issued a Radioactive Materials License to Energy Fuels Resources Corporation as a result of Colorado being an “Agreement State” under the … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: The Town of Telluride town council approves lawsuit over operating license for the proposed Piñon Ridge mill

Energy policy — nuclear: Colorado Department of Local Affairs executive director sees econmic opportunity in proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

From The Telluride Daily Planet (Matthew Beaudin/John Lopez): “The potential of the Piñon Ridge mill is a regional issue. Depending on where you stand and who you are, it is either the best opportunity for economic development in half a century or an environmental disaster,” [Reeves Brown] said. “I think the reality is, done right, … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: Colorado Department of Local Affairs executive director sees econmic opportunity in proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

Energy policy — nuclear: Piñon Ridge construction on hold until the Sheep Mountain Alliance lawsuit is resolved

From The Durango Herald (Joe Hanel): In late May, Denver District Judge Brian Whitney ruled for the environmental group Sheep Mountain Alliance, saying its lawsuit against the state health department could proceed. The alliance is challenging the state’s issuance of a radioactive materials permit to Energy Fuels. Jennifer Thurston of Sheep Mountain Alliance said the … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: Piñon Ridge construction on hold until the Sheep Mountain Alliance lawsuit is resolved

Energy policy — nuclear: Energy Fuels plans to spend $1 million over the next 18 months in preparation to process uranium at the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

From The Durango Telegraph (Will Sands): The Toronto-based uranium and vanadium mining company received approval from Colorado regulators for Piñon Ridge in January. The company plans to site the mill in the middle of Western Colorado’s uranium belt on 1,000 acres of privately owned land not far from the Dolores River. The facility would be … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: Energy Fuels plans to spend $1 million over the next 18 months in preparation to process uranium at the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

Energy policy — nuclear: Energy Fuels plans to spend $1 million over the next 18 months in preparation to process uranium at the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): Energy Fuels Resources Inc. will spend about $1 million during the next 18 months on mines, drilling and other activities aimed at getting ready for feeding ore to the mill, the company said. “Energy Fuels is quietly assembling an impressive array of properties on the Colorado Plateau,” … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: Energy Fuels plans to spend $1 million over the next 18 months in preparation to process uranium at the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

Energy policy — nuclear: Denver District Judge Brian Whitney rejects motions to dismiss the Sheep Mountain Alliance’s lawsuit over the proposed Piñon Ridge mill

From the Colorado Independent (David O. Williams): Denver District Judge Brian Whitney sided with the Telluride-based Sheep Mountain Alliance, which contends the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) may have violated various state and federal laws in issuing a permit for the mill. The lawsuit can now move forward. The state and the … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: Denver District Judge Brian Whitney rejects motions to dismiss the Sheep Mountain Alliance’s lawsuit over the proposed Piñon Ridge mill

Energy policy — nuclear: The Environmental Protection Agency opens up an additional comment period for waste product storage at the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

From The Telluride Daily Planet (Matthew Beaudin): The EPA is tasked with permitting the waste product storage at the would-be uranium mill near the Colorado-Utah border between Telluride and Bedrock, Colo. From now through April 8, the agency will conduct another comment session though it’s not a regulatory requirement. The comments, like the EPA’s involvement, … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: The Environmental Protection Agency opens up an additional comment period for waste product storage at the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

Energy policy — nuclear: Energy Fuels, Inc. scores their license for the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

From the Associated Press via the Telluride Daily Planet (Matthew Beaudin): The company hoping to build the hotly debated mill 60 miles west of Telluride leapt another major hurdle this week when state regulators issued a final radioactive materials license for a uranium mill that would be the country’s first in more than 25 years. … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: Energy Fuels, Inc. scores their license for the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill

Energy policy — nuclear: The Sheep Mountain Alliance files lawsuit over the licensing procedure for the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium/vanadium mill

From the Colorado Independent (David O. Williams): In a legal challenge filed in Denver District Court last week, the Sheep Mountain Alliance alleges the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) violated both the federal Atomic Energy Act and the Colorado Radiation Control Act when it issued a license for Toronto-based Energy Fuels to … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: The Sheep Mountain Alliance files lawsuit over the licensing procedure for the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium/vanadium mill

Energy policy — nuclear: Environmental groups send letter to CPDHE over license for the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill

Here’s the letter from the Colorado Independent. Here’s an excerpt: The approval of this mill would likely lead to degradation of the environment, economy and health of the region. And as the developers of the mill recently told the state’s major newspaper, uranium mined in the region and processed at the mill will likely be … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: Environmental groups send letter to CPDHE over license for the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill

Energy policy — nuclear: The Sheep Mountain Alliance plans to deliver an environmental analysis of the proposed Piñon Ridge mill to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today

From The Telluride Daily Planet (Matthew Beaudin): Hilary White, Sheep Mountain Alliance’s executive director, faulted Energy Fuels, the company hoping to build the mill, for sidestepping concerns. “I think that they probably took more time on some parts of the application than others,” she said, claiming issues such as worst-case scenarios and air transport of … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: The Sheep Mountain Alliance plans to deliver an environmental analysis of the proposed Piñon Ridge mill to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today

Energy policy — nuclear: The Telluride Town Council plans letter in opposition to the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill in Montrose County

From The Telluride Daily Planet (Katie Klingsporn): Members of council and town staff are in the process of penning a letter to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment officials that details concerns that the uranium mill could damage the health of the region’s people, environment and economy. “The town and our local residents and … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: The Telluride Town Council plans letter in opposition to the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill in Montrose County

Energy policy — nuclear: Proposed Piñon Ridge mill review on track

From the Telluride Daily Planet (Matthew Beaudin): Right now, the CDPHE is wading through an application from Energy Fuels, Inc., that would erect a uranium mill at the bottom of western Colorado’s Paradox Valley, a high trench that cuts through red-rock walls between Telluride and Moab… State officials are examining plans for the acreage, radiation … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: Proposed Piñon Ridge mill review on track

Energy policy — nuclear: Piñon Ridge Mill update

From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley): Heavy-metals waste from Energy Fuels Resources Corp.’s proposed uranium-processing in southwest Colorado would include arsenic, lead, molybdenum and cadmium. A failure to fully address handling of this potentially harmful material “is considered to be a major deficiency in the application,” Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regulators said … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: Piñon Ridge Mill update

Energy policy — nuclear: Proposed Piñon Ridge Mill update

Here’s a report from Nancy Lofholm writing for The Denver Post. Click through and read the whole thing. Here’s an excerpt: One fact is clear: The climate surrounding uranium processing is much different than during the secretive era of the Atomic Energy Commission and the Manhattan Project. Mills then were popping up across the state … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: Proposed Piñon Ridge Mill update

Energy policy — nuclear: Piñon Ridge Mill permit a long way off

From the Montrose Daily Press (Dick Kamp): Four more public hearings will be conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said spokesman Warren Smith. They’re not required by law, “but these are our opportunity to gather local input on the mill.” Montrose County commissioners are to comment by April 21 on an … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: Piñon Ridge Mill permit a long way off

Energy policy — nuclear: Montrose and Telluride largely on different sides with respect to the proposed Piñon Ridge mill

From the Telluride Daily Planet (Reilly Capps): One town tends toward cowboy boots, Stetsons and pickups. The other toward hiking books, knit caps and Subarus. There are a lot of differences between the Montrose and Telluride areas, though they’re located near each other. One more difference was on display in two public meetings Wednesday and … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: Montrose and Telluride largely on different sides with respect to the proposed Piñon Ridge mill

Energy policy — nuclear: CWCB and BLM file statements of opposition to Energy Fuels’ water rights application for Piñon Ridge Mill

From The Telluride Watch (Karen James): The Colorado Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management also filed individual statements of opposition against the applications. The CWCB is concerned that an instream flow water right it owns on the Dolores River could be adversely affected by water rights sought by Energy Fuels, and … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: CWCB and BLM file statements of opposition to Energy Fuels’ water rights application for Piñon Ridge Mill

Energy policy — nuclear: Piñon Ridge mill clears county permit hurdle

From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley): The proposed Piñon Ridge mill awaits approval by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. Montrose County commissioners, after 25 hours of hearings, last month issued a local permit. Federal environmental regulators will leave the decision to the state. Energy Fuels executives are preparing to submit a 12-volume application … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: Piñon Ridge mill clears county permit hurdle

2014 Colorado Legislation: SB14-192 would further regulate mining for radioactive materials #COleg

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Charles Ashby): Democrats in the Colorado Senate are considering a bill to place more controls over uranium mining that opponents say are duplicative and unnecessary. The measure, SB192, would require uranium and thorium mines to get a radioactive materials license from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, … Continue reading 2014 Colorado Legislation: SB14-192 would further regulate mining for radioactive materials #COleg

Energy policy — nuclear: First new uranium mill in the U.S. in 25 years gets the go ahead from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

From The Telluride Daily Planet (Katie Klingsporn): The progress of the mill has been followed with fervid interest here since the early stages of its application, and Wednesday’s news evoked a mix of elation — from supporters who see in it the promise of jobs — and grim disappointment — from opponents who believe a … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: First new uranium mill in the U.S. in 25 years gets the go ahead from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Energy policy — nuclear: First new uranium mill in the U.S. in 25 years gets the go ahead from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Update: From the High Country News Goat blog (Nathan Rice): At $11.1 million, the Piñon Ridge clean-up bond is half that of the Cotter uranium mill in Cañon City, Colo. — the only other licensed mill in the state… Having cleared the state’s first bureaucratic bar, Energy Fuels Resources Corp. must complete a handful of … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: First new uranium mill in the U.S. in 25 years gets the go ahead from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Energy policy — nuclear: First new uranium mill in the U.S. in 25 years gets the go ahead from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Here’s the release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (Warren Smith): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Approves Radioactive Materials License for Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill DENVER—The Radiation Program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today announced approval of a radioactive materials license for the Piñon Ridge Uranium … Continue reading Energy policy — nuclear: First new uranium mill in the U.S. in 25 years gets the go ahead from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Wildfire mitigation projects help reduce damage from the #LakeChristineFire burn scar

From The Aspen Times (Scott Condon): A large catch basin that Eagle County sculpted into the mountainside above Basalt in recent weeks prevented significantly more water, mud and debris from swamping part of the Hill District during [the August 4, 2019] flash flood, officials said Thursday. Eagle County Road and Bridge Department used heavy equipment … Continue reading Wildfire mitigation projects help reduce damage from the #LakeChristineFire burn scar

Rain wreaks havoc on Lake Christine burn scar — The Aspen Daily News #stormwater

From The Aspen Daily News (Madeleine Osberger): A storm that unleashed its power over the Lake Christine burn area beginning late Sunday afternoon triggered multiple debris flows and water on Frying Pan Road that temporarily trapped 20 different vehicles, but resulted in no known injuries, according to Scott Thompson, chief of Roaring Fork Fire Rescue… … Continue reading Rain wreaks havoc on Lake Christine burn scar — The Aspen Daily News #stormwater

A look back at Fountain Creek flooding

Here’s a report from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain (Click through for the photo gallery): On June 16, nearly 50 years to the date from its biggest wallop, Fountain Creek jarred Pueblo’s collective memory of just how destructive it can be. The flood of 1965, which built in intensity from June 14-17, was … Continue reading A look back at Fountain Creek flooding

Lake Pueblo returning to normal as floodwater released — The Pueblo Chieftain

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka): Maybe it’s time to slap a tag on the Arkansas River that says “shrinks when wet.” Despite a rainy week, the flow in the Arkansas River is expected to be cut in half today, as the last of stored floodwater is released from Pueblo Dam. “We started to cut … Continue reading Lake Pueblo returning to normal as floodwater released — The Pueblo Chieftain

Fountain Creek: May rainfall was not kind to the stream

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka): Large chunks of the bank plunked into Fountain Creek Wednesday evening as Pueblo County Commissioner Terry Hart got a close-up look at the damage to Overton Road. Two large wooden utility poles floated in the muck below, as the river cut back from the west base of the old … Continue reading Fountain Creek: May rainfall was not kind to the stream