House Bill 1161 to be amended
Posted February 5, 2008
The Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee of the Colorado House of Representatives will consider amendments to House Bill 1161 at its 1:30 PM meeting tomorrow, February 6, at the Capitol. The bill with amendments highlighted is here:
It was reported that Powertech and Colorado Mining Association officials met today with Representatives Randy Fischer and John Kefalas to discuss the bill and offer amendments. According to published reports, Powertech executives oppose the bill and believe existing Colorado mining laws and regulations are adequate.
Unlike Texas and Wyoming, two states that have had extensive experience with in situ leach uranium mining, Colorado mining and environmental regulations simply do not address in situ uranium mining and aquifer restoration. The effort by Fischer and Kefalas to introduce reasonable guidelines for ISL mining should be supported by Powertech officials, who have repeatedly insisted that area residents have nothing to fear since, according to them, the industry has a near-perfect record of cleaning up ISL uranium mines.
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