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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.
Risk to ground water from mining too great Print

by Rich Tarsio
Rocky Mountain News
February 25, 2008

As a resident of Northern Colorado, I have serious concerns about the proposed uranium mining project in northern Colorado 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. The Rocky Mountain News editorial of Jan. 28, “Mining, over and out,” states that the authors of a recent Speakout piece against in-situ mining (“Vote against uranium mine a state first,” Dec. 19), did not provide a satisfactory answer to your questions. The mining operations given as examples were from the 1970s through 1990s and the technology may have improved, but Powertech has not provided any indication that the in-situ process they intend to use is an improvement in technology with regards to health and safety of groundwater.

There is no economical benefit to Northern Colorado except for approximately 100 full-time jobs 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. Remember, 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 750,000 to 1.25 million gallons of water per month for this process. Water is too precious to risk being polluted!

Rich Tarsio lives in Fort Collins

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