Wed March 21, 2012

Colorado Company Vows to Push Ahead with Uranium Mill

The CEO of a Lakewood-based company that’s planning to build a uranium mill in southwest Colorado says he’s confident the facility will be built soon despite a lawsuit and the federal government’s recent reversal of a state-issued permit.

Energy Fuels president Steve Antony spoke Wednesday at a meeting of western mining company officials in Denver.

"We’re totally confident our license will be upheld," Antony said. "But it’s this 11th hour politics that plague the development of our project." 

This time last year, the state of Colorado issued a permit giving the go-ahead for the proposed Pinon Ridge Mill.  But last week, federal regulators intervened, saying there hasn't been adequate public input.  Environmentalists sued last year making a similar argument.

If approved, the Pinon Ridge facility would be the first uranium processing mill to be built in the United States in 35 years.