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Nov 12, 2013 11:12 PM by Jennifer Horbelt

Defunct uranium mill discharges tainted water near Canon City

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) - A ruptured underground pipe discharged contaminated water from the defunct Cotter Corp. uranium mill near Canon City.

The Denver Post reports that the contaminated water spill is the third in the last four years.

The spill was reported Nov. 5. It was five to 10 times larger than previous discharges.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says the company reported 4,000 to 9,000 gallons of water tainted with uranium and molybdenum spilled onto the ground.

None of the contamination escaped the property and the on-site collection system worked as designed. However, environmental activists say more work needs to be done to prevent future spills.

Representatives from Cotter did not return phone calls for comment.

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