Thursday, June 10, 2010

Governor Bill Ritter Signs Historic Uranium Legislation

House Bill 1348 Strengthens Uranium Oversight
By: Samantha Anderson
June 8, 2010

CANON CITY, Colo. -- Canon City citizens gathered along the banks of the Arkansas River Tuesday afternoon to watch Gov. Bill Ritter sign the Uranium Processing Accountability Act.

The legislation requires uranium mills to cleanup existing toxic pollution before new state permits or restructuring of operations are processed.

The law also requires operators to inform residents of any threats to water if residents have wells in close proximity to known groundwater contamination.

“I think this bill does a phenomenal job of addressing issues you the community have a very keen sense of,” stated Gov. Ritter.

According to Gov. Ritter, taxpayers have spent $1 billion and counting cleaning up groundwater contamination and radioactive pollution from uranium mills in Colorado alone.

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