Feb 8, 2011 3:45 PM by Bea Karnes
DENVER (AP)-A Telluride-based citizens group is asking a judge to revoke a license for what would be the country's first new conventional uranium mill in more than 25 years.
The Sheep Mountain Alliance filed a lawsuit last week in Denver District Court over the Pinon Ridge mill that Energy Fuels Inc. wants to build in Montrose County.
It alleges the state health department violated federal and state laws in approving a radioactive materials license for the mill in January. Among the allegations is that the $11 million in sureties that Energy Fuels is required to provide to cover future cleanup and decommissioning costs is hardly enough, based on cleanup costs at other U.S. mills.
The health department says it doesn't comment on pending litigation.