BLM TAKING COMMENTS ON WYO URANIUM MINE PROPOSAL

Posted 2 years ago

By John Axtell

     The federal Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a new uranium mine in Wyoming proposed by Cameco….the same company that owns the Crow Butte uranium mine near Crawford.

The BLM held a public meeting on the proposed mine in Fremont County on in Riverton and another last night in Lander. It is accepting written comments through January 31.

Cameco plans to do in-situ injection mining, as it does at Crawford. A chemical solution similar to bicarbonate of soda is pumped into the aquifer and dissolves the uranium. The water is pumped out and the uranium processed out.

The BLM is looking at three plans and considering how to limit surface disturbance and reduce vegetation loss. The agency is also looking at how the mine would affect previous reclamation efforts, livestock grazing and air and water quality.