Western Slope Uranium Mill: Only State Needs To Approve Before Ground Can Break

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Bruce Finley The Denver Post

A Canadian company's push to build the United States' first new conventional uranium mill since the Cold War has cleared local hurdles -- despite environmental concerns -- and won wary high-level support.

Many residents of the economically bereft western Colorado area around Nucla and Naturita (approximate population 700 each) now count on the Energy Fuels Inc. project to bring back Atomic Age prosperity. Beyond the mill, they envision uranium mining jobs as part of a national nuclear renaissance that could spur homebuilding, better schools, restaurants and recreational amenities.

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