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Feb 10, 2010 12:55 PM by Associated Press

CEO: Colorado uranium mill could be online by 2012

A company says its proposed uranium mill in southwest Colorado could be operating by early 2012.

Energy Fuels Corp. wants to build a mill in the Paradox Valley of Montrose County, about 12 miles west of Naturita. Energy Fuels President and CEO George Glasier said Tuesday at a Colorado Mining
Association conference in Denver that state officials have until next January to deny or issue a permit.

Glasier says the mill could be built in nine months and operating by early 2012 if the application is approved. It would be the first uranium mill built in the country in 25 years.

Durango attorney Travis Stills, representing the mill's opponents, says that timeline sounds unrealistic because the company needs federal approval, water rights and an air-quality permit.

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