Uranium mill appeal is denied

DENVER – An environmental group has lost its request for the state to deny a license for a proposed uranium mill in southwestern Colorado.

The Denver Post reported that Colorado health department director Chris Urbina on Thursday denied the appeal by Sheep Mountain Alliance but said the group’s testimony will be considered as officials decide whether to grant Energy Fuels a radioactive materials license for the mill.

The health department originally issued a radioactive materials license in 2011 for the company’s proposed Piñon Ridge uranium and vanadium mill near Nucla, but after legal challenges, it was forced to hold full public hearings on the issue last year. Sheep Mountain Alliance wanted health officials to deny a license after the hearings.

A final decision about the license is expected in April.

A year ago, Energy Fuels bought the U.S. assets of its rival Denison Mines, which includes an operational uranium mill in Southeast Utah.