Tuesday, June 8, 2010

1.5 millions tons of tailings taken from Colorado River

Atlas Mines Tailing Pile near Colorado River, Moab, Utah

Comment:  No to uranium mining, ruins our river, land and air!

Amy Joi O'Donoghue
Published: Sunday, June 6, 2010 9:50 p.m. MDT

MOAB — A June update by the U.S. Department of Energy said that 1.5 million tons of uranium mill tailings have been removed from near the banks of the Colorado River and buried in a disposal site 30 miles away.

Federal stimulus funding of $108 million has accelerated the cleanup, which will tackle an additional 1.2 million tons of tailings between now and September 2011.

The tailings are being transported by train to a disposal site near Crescent Junction.

Some 16 million tons of uranium mill tailings have posed a threat to the Colorado River for decades. They are left over from the area's uranium mining days.

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