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Numerous articles, editorials, and letters to the editor are being published in local newspapers concerning uranium mining in northern Colorado. To view them, see the Reference page.
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by Linda Turner
Fort Collins Coloradoan
January 25, 2008

I wish to thank state Reps. Randy Fischer and John Kefalas and Sens. Shafer, Steve Johnson and Bob Bacon for working to bring 21st-century science into uranium mining regulations with House Bills 08-1161 and 08-1165. When Colorado's existing regulations were written, in-situ leaching didn't exist and the hazards of uranium mining and radioactive decay weren't fully known.

Uranium mining companies worldwide have touted in-situ leaching as an environmentally benign process. The dismal track record for operations using this process does not support this claim. Uranium miners claim current in-situ leaching processes will not contaminate aquifers as past operations have done. If true, then I expect the uranium mining companies should have no opposition to the currently proposed legislation.

Colorado's aquifers will provide necessary water for our state's inevitable growth. We need HB08-1161 and HB08-1165 to help guarantee that in-situ mining leaves waters as clean as before uranium exploration and mining began, and not just to pre-use conditions. Colorado's untapped aquifers will be needed for future growth and possibly even future water storage. Aquifers can ensure Colorado has more water available for future use, more than what we are getting by with in 2008.

Current mining laws do not provide the safeguards Coloradans must have before uranium is mined in our backyard. I agree with Bacon: We don't want to be reading "Oops" in Colorado newspaper headlines years from now when aquifers are irreversibly polluted with heavy metals and radiation as a result of poorly regulated uranium mining. For facts:

Linda Turner lives in Fort Collins

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