Douglas, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Environmental
Quality has found environmental violations at the state's only
operational uranium mine.
The agency has issued a notice of violation to Power Resources
Incorporated, which operates the Smith-Highland Ranch in-situ leach
uranium mine north of Douglas.
The six-page investigation report details several
"long-standing" environmental concerns at the mine. Among them
are delayed restoration of groundwater, "routine" spills, and a
seriously inadequate bond to cover restoration.
Power Resources is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cameco
Company spokesman Gord Struthers says most of the issues revolve
around inadequate documentation by the company.
He says Cameco is committed to the environment and will do a
better job at its Wyoming mine.