Montrose County Uranium Mill: County Commissioners Approves Permit

11/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • David O. Williams

MONTROSE -- It began with the audience turning, facing the flag and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Just over an hour later, a special Montrose County commissioner meeting ended with the unanimous approval of controversial uranium mill permit that was as much an endorsement of American energy independence as it was a repudiation of environmental concerns.

"The worst mining accident that I ever saw happened on 9/11," commissioner Ron Henderson told the crowd gathered in Friendship Hall to hear a decision on the proposed Pion Ridge mill. "There has never been a place on earth where the specific density of the air was ever any heavier than it was right there [in Manhattan], caused by political unrest.