DOE Releases PEIS on West Slope Uranium Mining
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Department of Energy is revisiting the environmental impacts of uranium mining on lands in Western Colorado.
Lands (25,000 acres) in Mesa, Montrose and San Miguel counties are leased to private entities for uranium mining, but no operations are active at this time.
Monday night, the DOE released it's findings on the potential environmental impact mining could have.
"The PEIS (Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement) took a hard look at 14 resource areas -- everything from economics to human health. We found the impacts to be minimal or nominal relative to issues. It doesn't mean there are no impacts; there are within the report," explained Ray Pleieness with the DOE.
Officials say they will assess public comment this year in hopes of having a record of decision by 2014.