Saturday, May 22, 2010

State orders Cotter to clean up uranium mine fouling Jeff Co drinking water

Comment: Do not listen to the pro uranium groups that say uranium mining will not hurt ya, well look at Denver's problem! No to uranium mining and milling!

By David O. Williams 5/21/10 2:22 PM

Environmentalists and local politicians Friday cheered a Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety order late Thursday directing Denver-based Cotter Corp. to begin curtailing drinking water contamination from an inactive Jefferson County uranium mine this summer.

Uranium pollution revealed to be more than 13 times state standards was contaminating Ralston Creek, and the state rejected a cleanup plan proposed by Cotter.
The mining division required Cotter to begin water treatment at its Schwartzwalder uranium mine west of Arvada by July 31.

Uranium levels at the mine itself exceeded 1,400 times Colorado water quality standards.

“Thousands of people depend on clean water from Ralston Reservoir, and we can’t afford for Cotter to drag its feet cleaning up their mess,” said Matt Garrington, program advocate with Environment Colorado and a Jefferson County resident. “The mining division deserves praise for taking strong action.”

Cotter was the focus of a tough new uranium mill processing bill this legislative session, requiring cleanup of mills before expansion is allowed.

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