Colo. should carefully regulate uranium mining, milling

Posted: Jan 13, 2011

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The Durango Herald

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment this week approved a radioactive materials license for the $140 million Piñon Ridge Mill. The company says it also plans to open two mines, one in Mesa County and one in San Juan County, Utah, to provide ore for the mill.

Mining and milling are economic opportunities for companies, for governments and for individuals. Managed well, they can be profitable and safe. But that requires careful regulation.

This time around, let’s make sure those regulations are in place to protect miners and millers, neighbors and the environment. It can be done without scaring off mineral-resource firms, but it will require strength, courage and careful planning.

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