(Colo)-Uranium Company Limits Wyo Operations After Spills
DENVER, Colo. (AP) - Colorado-based Ur-Energy has partially halted operations at its Lost Creek uranium mine in southwest Wyoming following following two spills of water tainted with the radioactive element in a little over 2 weeks..
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission documents show the first spill at the mine 70 miles northeast of Rock Springs was on August 18th with the second this past Tuesday.
Federal and state regulators said Friday there is no public health or safety risk because the spills remained on site and contained relatively low levels of uranium.
The first leak was the largest at over 200,000 gallons and among the biggest on record in Wyoming, the nation's top uranium-producing state, while the second involved 10,000-gallons.
Lost Creek is an in-situ mine where the nuclear fuel is dissolved underground and pumped to the surface by a network of wells.
It's the mining system used at Cameco's Crow Butte mine east of Crawford and that's proposed for the Dewey-Burdock mine proposed north of Edgemont by Azarga Uranium.
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