Coram closing controversial uranium mines
Monday, June 10, 2013 at 7:13PM
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By Joe Hanel
Journal Denver Bureau

State Rep. Don Coram is taking steps to clean up and shut down four uranium mines he owns, making him among the first uranium mine operators in Colorado to call it quits for now and restore the land to its pre-mined condition.

The action comes after several years of legal pressure by activists on the state and federal government to shut down the old uranium mines that dot the landscape of San Miguel and Montrose counties.

A 2008 state law required all uranium mines to meet a higher level of regulatory scrutiny. State mining regulators are now demanding that all mine operators either submit a detailed environmental protection plan or shut down their mines and reclaim the land.

"Economically, it seemed to be more feasible to me to do a reclamation plan. It was strictly a matter of economics," said Coram, a Montrose Republican whose district includes Montezuma County.

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