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Ritter signs uranium cleanup bill - The Denver Post - 0 views

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    "Colorado Governor Bill Ritter stood by the banks of the Arkansas River near a neighborhood contaminated by a uranium mill today and signed legislation that will force uranium mills to clean up existing messes before launching new projects.

    "This just gives us a better hold on the milling process," Ritter said before signing the bill, a bipartisan measure sponsored by Rep. Buffie McFadyen, and Sens. Ken Kester and Bob Bacon.

    Greenwood Village based Cotter Corp. operates the mill that became a Superfund cleanup site in 1984. During the statehouse battle over the law, Cotter vice president John Hamrick said the legislation would kill Cotter's proposed project to refurbish the mill and haul 12.5 million tons of uranium ore from New Mexico for processing. Hamrick on Tuesday declined to comment on the status on any future project."
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Uranium processing bill makes it out of Senate, heads back to House « Colorad... - 0 views

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    "The state Senate Wednesday passed a tough new uranium processing bill that will require companies to clean up past toxic pollution before being allowed to expand operations.

    House Bill 1348 (pdf), the Uranium Processing Accountability Act, met little resistance in the Senate, where it passed 24-9 after sailing through House 62-2 earlier this month.

    The bill, which also requires companies to notify homeowners with drinking wells near contaminated groundwater and provides for more public input in the state regulatory process, now heads back to the House to work out amendments adopted in Senate. A concurrence vote could happen later this week

    "Actions have consequences and uranium companies need to clean up their mess," cosponsor Ken Kester (R-Las Animas) said in a release.

    Kester represents Cañon City in Fremont County, home to the Cotter Corporation's uranium mill and an EPA Superfund Clean-up site. Cotter has expressed interest in expanding its operations despite a toxic legacy dating back to the Cold War era."
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Bill would make uranium mill expansion tougher | tougher, bill, uranium - Colorado Poli... - 0 views

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    "A measure that would tighten environmental controls over a Fremont County uranium processing mill advanced in the state Senate on Tuesday.

    Pueblo West's Democratic Rep. Buffie McFadyen said her bill, HB1348, would require cleanup of contamination in Cañon City before the Cotter mill could expand its operations. Mill officials want to expand by refining uranium ore that is mined out of state."
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Cañon City Daily Record - Committee to hear testimony on uranium bill Thursday - 0 views

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    "On Thursday, the House Transportation and Energy Committee will hear testimony on House Bill 1348, the Uranium Processing Accountability Act.

    The bill was developed by Colorado Citizens Against ToxicWaste and Environment Colorado. According to those groups, the bill would "hold the uranium industry accountable for its own mistakes and ensure Colorado does not subsidize those companies through tax dollars or incentive pollution by saying actions do not have consequences."

    The bill would require uranium processors to comply with clean-up orders before new applications are processed, strengthen public oversight of bonding requirements; require processors to inform residents about threats to their water if they have registered wells in close proximity to known groundwater contamination; and require processors to amend their operating license before accepting new sources of "alternate feeds." "
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Cañon City Daily Record - Legislation takes aim at uranium mill cleanup - 0 views

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    "On Tuesday, environmental activists announced legislation that will be proposed in the state House of Representatives soon.

    The Uranium Processing Accountability Act would require uranium processors to comply with clean-up orders before new applications are processed, strengthen public oversight of bonding requirements; require processors to inform residents about threats to their water if they have registered wells in close proximity to known groundwater contamination; and require processors to amend their operating license before accepting new sources of "alternate feeds."

    The legislation would affect the Cotter uranium mill south of Cañon City. "
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Uranium mine opponents seize on study | Greeley Tribune - 0 views

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    Weld County residents opposed to the proposed uranium mine near Nunn are still not convinced their groundwater will be protected from contamination.

    Two weeks ago, Gov. Ritter signed legislation to protect groundwater from contamination as a result of leach uranium mining. House Bill 1161 requires that companies using leach uranium mines restore all affected groundwater to the condition it was in before mining.

    A new study, however, shows that these types of regulations may not prevent all groundwater contamination. Weld residents now are using this information as their primary argument against the uranium mine.

    Powertech Uranium Corp., a Canadian firm, is continuing to collect samples and apply for permits. President and CEO Richard Clement said all the work applications should be completed by mid-summer. The applications take about a year and a half to process.
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Gov. Bill Ritter signs uranium bill | News | The Tribune - 0 views

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    Gov. Bill Ritter signed a uranium bill into law Tuesday morning that proponents say protects Colorado's groundwater from pollution by uranium mining practices.

    The bill - HB 1161- was sponsored by Fort Collins legislators Reps. Randy Fischer and John Kefalas, both Democrats and requires assurances from uranium mining companies that they will clean groundwater to pre-mining quality once they finish the mining.
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The Coloradoan - State Senate panel OKs measure tightening uranium mine rules - 0 views

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    DENVER - Fort Collins resident Marina Mayer was so overwhelmed by a unanimous Senate committee vote Thursday to tighten regulation of uranium mining in Colorado she broke down in tears.

    "It's very emotional for me," said Mayer who is originally from Germany. "A week after my husband and I moved to Fort Collins, we heard about what was happening with the (Nunn) mine. There was a uranium mine in Germany and after it moved out the (landowners), well, they are still trying to work out the cleanup."
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