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Colorado May Require Uranium Mill Cleanup

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — Colorado officials say a new law may block Cotter Corp.’s plan to restart a uranium mill near Canon City.

The company has sent a notice to the state that it plans to restart operations using ore shipped in from New Mexico.

According to the Denver Post, Gov. John Hickenlooper says a new law bars Cotter from beginning a new project until it cleans up contamination left by Cold War-era uranium processing.

The mill was built in 1958 with federal support to process uranium for weapons and power plants. Federal officials say Cotter dumped waste in 11 unlined ponds, leading to contamination of groundwater for local communities.

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

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