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By Janice Lynne (Letter to the Editor)
Fort Collins Coloradoan
December 19, 2007

I want to commend the Fort Collins City Council for passing a recent resolution to stop uranium mining from occurring in Northern Colorado.

Although currently there is a rush to address the climate crisis by developing alternatives to fossil fuels, there is no good reason for the United States to build more nuclear plants for energy. There are unimaginable risks to health and the environment from nuclear power, which has a very poor track record of safety and radioactive waste disposal. Even here in Northern Colorado, we have in the past experienced accidental radioactive emissions from a regional nuclear power plant that was eventually closed for safety reasons.

Open-pit uranium mining, such as is (possible) for a site 6 miles from Fort Collins, poses a threat to our health through airborne radioactive dust, which can be blown for miles and taken in through the lungs during mining and transportation processes.

Water is our lifeblood in this area. Underground water is relied on to supply tens of thousands of homes, farms and ranches in Northern Colorado.

It is unnecessary to risk the contamination of our groundwater in order to allow the process of in-situ uranium mining, which pumps water through the aquifer to bring up uranium from underground.

Why risk contamination forever, when there are cheap and renewable sources of energy available right now that need only be fostered by the financial support of consumers and government.

There's nothing in it for us to allow uranium mining in Northern Colorado.

Janice Lynne lives in Fort Collins

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