Colo. Legislature passes uranium cleanup bill |

Colo. Legislature passes uranium cleanup bill

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers have passed a bill requiring uranium mills to clean up radioactive waste before accepting more radioactive material.

The Senate voted 24-9 in favor of the bill Wednesday. Later the House agreed with changes made in the Senate and readopted the bill by a vote of 60-3. It now goes to the governor.

Mills are now allowed to postpone cleanup until they finish production and decommission their facilities. Lawmakers are concerned that a national focus on nuclear energy will allow mines to postpone cleanup while they ramp up production.

The Cotter Corp. says the future of its mill in Canon City is uncertain if the bill becomes law. It wants to reopen the mill to process ore from New Mexico and is considering suing.

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