MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) – Opponents of a uranium mill proposed near Naturita in southwest Colorado are challenging the project on grounds that federal law doesn’t adequately protect against radon emissions.

The Montrose Daily Press reports that the group Sheep Mountain Alliance is arguing the 1989 federal Clean Air Act is outdated. The group has joined Colorado Citizens Against Toxic Waste in asking federal officials not to approve a tailings permit for the mill until the air quality regulations are revised.

The Pinon Ridge mill proposed by Toronto-based Energy Fuels Corp. would be the country’s first new conventional uranium mill in more than 25 years.

Colorado health officials in March issued a final radioactive materials license for the mill. They must approve engineering plans before construction can begin. Federal approval is also needed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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