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by Richard Tarsio (Letters to Editor)
Greeley Tribune
February 10, 2008

As a resident of Northern Colorado, I have serious concerns about the proposed uranium mining project near Nunn. Everything I have read about uranium mining in the West indicates it cannot be done without significant risk to our water, land, health, and real estate values.

Powertech has not provided any indication that the in-situ process they intend to use is an improvement in technology with regard to health and safety of groundwater aquifers over the past mining disasters, which left ground water toxic.

There is no economical benefit to Northern Colorado except for approximately 100 fulltime jobs, as stated by Powertech. We would be better off using the land for renewable energy sources such as wind or solar than to risk our precious aquifers.

The Laramie-Fox Hills aquifer covers most of the Denver Basin area, approximately 7,000 square miles along the Front Range from Wyoming to Colorado Springs and east to Limon. Powertech plans to use approximately 1 million gallons of water per month for this process. Water is too precious to risk being polluted!

Do we want to risk Northern Colorado's future so government scientists and health experts would get a chance to evaluate this project? There are five additional international mining companies proposing mining operations in Northern Colorado. Do we just let them experiment with "new" technology for in-situ mining and hope for the best?

Do you want your real estate values to drop substantially due to this mine? Would you live next to the mining operation? I say, no, you would not.

House Bill HB08-1161 is proposed for strengthening the water quality requirements associated with in-situ mining and not a bill against mining. It asks that mining companies prove that the five in-situ mines restored the groundwater to premium quality.

Richard Tarsio lives in Greeley

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