The heart of the uranium boom

Posted: July 13, 2010 by earthfirstdurango in uranium
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The La Sal Mountains in Utah frame a view of Paradox Valley, located northwest of Durango. A new uranium mill in Paradox would centralize much of the world’s uranium processing in the Four Corners region, joining the White Mesa Mill in Blanding, Utah, as well as a new mill planned for Grants, N.M./Photo by Amy Levek

By Amy Levek, The Durango Telegraph, Volume 9, No. 27, July 8, 2010

Two new uranium mills proposed for the Four Corners

The Piñon Ridge Mill will be the most environmentally friendly mill in the world,” says Energy Fuels Inc. president and CEO George Glasier of his company’s project. Energy Fuels Inc. is currently planning the construction of the nation’s first uranium/vanadium mill in 25 years. Located west of Naturita in the Paradox Valley, halfway between the Dolores and San Miguel rivers, on 1,000 acres of privately owned land, the mill is the first significant industry to arise in the area in some time.

Given its economically depressed nature, “the area generally wants the mill,” according to Glasier.

Nucla Mayor Roxy Allex agrees. “Almost everyone here was here when uranium mining was happening, and when the industry went away, the jobs went away. The response from citizens has been favorable. People definitely know what’s proposed. It’s the subject everywhere you go on the streets around here.”

With a serious unemployment problem, the town of Nucla stands to gain up to 350 new jobs, with about 250 of those to be permanent positions at the mill. “That’s a big influx for a town of 735,” declares Mayor Allex.

But others in the region are not as enthusiastic. The Colorado Environmental Council (CEC) has the burgeoning uranium industry squarely on its radar and sees uranium mining compounding the boom in oil and gas activities.

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  1. Roxy Allex says:

    Too funny, had you bothered to research you would know that I have not been the Mayor of the Town of Nucla or even live there for almost 2 years. Much has changed but not my opinion. I see it as unrealistic to believe that Americans are willing to go back to living life like the 1800’s and there is not enough renewable energy to allow the common man to live in the manor in which he has learned to count on. Time for a rational look at where American and the world is headed.

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