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(Wyo.)-Dept. Of Environmental Quality, Cameco At Odds Over Uranium Well Violation

By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 04/22/2013 11:29 AM
     GLENROCK, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and a uranium company disagree whether problems occurred at a well at an in-situ mine north of Glenrock.
 
     The DEQ has issued a violation notice against Cameco Resources, owner of the Smith Ranch-Highland uranium facility.
 
     Wells at the facility have been drilled into uranium-bearing formations. The wells put a solution called lixiviant underground to leach uranium out of the rock.
 
     A solution containing uranium is then pumped to the surface.
 
     S
tate regulators issued a violation notice in March after monitoring data showed that lixiviant may have spread from a ruptured well casing. Cameco officials shut down the well but say their own data show no leakage of mining solution.
 
     Company spokesman Ken Vaughn says the violation was issued prematurely.


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