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Uranium mine opponents gather support

LOVELAND ” Opponents of a proposed uranium mine in Weld County say more than 5,700 people have signed a petition against the project.

Powertech Uranium Corp., based in Vancouver, British Columbia, has proposed a $20 million uranium mine on 5,760 acres of farmland. The company is working to obtain permits amid rising uranium prices.

“Uranium mines have been stopped before,” said Lilias Jones Jarding, a member of Coloradans Against Resource Destruction, which circulated the petition.

Jarding said northern Colorado and the country should focus on building its renewable-energy industry instead.

Powertech has outlined its plans in public meetings and has launched a call-in information line for residents with questions.

It has said it plans to use a process called in-situ mining, which involves pumping treated water into uranium-laced deposits to dissolve the mineral so the uranium can be pumped to the surface. The uranium is then removed from the water, and the water is returned to the area.

Powertech maintains that the process will be safe and will have the proper regulatory oversight to prevent problems.

U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo., and Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., have asked federal agencies to look into how water quality would be affected.

The Colorado Medical Society, Larimer County Medical Society and the Fort Collins City Council have approved resolutions opposing the planned mine.

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