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Uranium Mining Renaissance for Wyoming?

October 31, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming may be poised for a uranium renaissance. The U.S. Interior Department extended a ban on uranium claims around the Grand Canyon last week, and some Colorado projects are tied up in court. Meanwhile, there are 25 projects either up and running or in the process in Wyoming, a state that was once a leading producer until prices bottomed out and health problems arose.

Daryle Murphy, conservation chair of the Wyoming Chapter of the Sierra Club says current production methods are safer, and have a smaller footprint, than years ago, although some of the projects could affect sage grouse habitat on public lands.

"There needs to be some strict limits on when they can do their activities so as not to interfere with any sage grouse breeding activities."

Murphy says another concern is protecting underground water supplies that can become contaminated during the mining process.

He does credit production companies for using safer mining methods these days, but points out that accidents still happen.

"There was recently a spill of yellowcake uranium in one of the in-situ operations in eastern Wyoming, which the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is currently investigating."

The NRC investigation is taking place at a facility operated by Uranium One, a Canadian company.

Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - WY