Energy Fuels is in the final permitting stages to build the Piñon Ridge Mill in Paradox Valley. Time is running out.
Please contact Gov. Hickenlooper today and ask him to reconsider the mill by sending him an email directly through his Website or by calling his office at 303-866-2471. Make a simple statement: "I am opposed to the Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill in Paradox Valley because it is wrong for Colorado."
Read more about the Piñon Ridge Mill.
You can also sign our online petition.
Additional points to consider if you prefer to write a detailed, personalized letter to Gov. Hickenlooper:
· The state's review process to date has failed to apply the strongest regulatory oversight, resulting in the rushed licensing of a facility without a review of detailed design plans, the required environmental report, a thorough emergency response plan or adequate public participation.
· The mill will only make a bad situation worse. Mining enforcement is needed now. Not only are inactive mines in the region still contributing radioactive and other toxic pollutants into the environment, but active mines have ongoing violations of both state and federal laws. Once the mill is built, these mines will ramp up operations and increase contamination risks.
· In a 2008 Colorado Governor's Energy Office analysis of renewable energy opportunities, Southwestern Colorado was highlighted for our high solar potential. Solar energy development holds the most promise for creating new, non-polluting jobs and economic growth in this region. Uranium development has a history of harmful boom-and-bust economic impacts as well as public health and environmental destruction left for the next generation.
· Independent socioeconomic analysis of the proposed mill's impacts to the region identify the real regional drivers of economic growth as tourism, recreation and the outside investment of retirees and others who are attracted to the Western Slope. A uranium mill directly threatens growing sustainable economic engines.
· Energy Fuels' $11.8 million bond approved by the state for cleanup of the mill site is woefully inadequate and all but guarantees that Coloradans will ultimately be financially responsible for a massive bill to clean up the radioactive and toxic waste from the mill. This bond must be reconsidered.
· The water needed to operate the mill will seriously deplete the already threatened water quantity of the San Miguel and Dolores Rivers. The proposed site is geologically unsuitable for any natural containment of radioactive waste. The proposed mill threatens groundwater and our region's air quality.