Photo by Marie Moore
On June 10 the Montrose Planning Commission held its second open meeting regarding the special use permit request for the Canadian company, Energy Fuels’, Pinon Ridge Uranium Mill. When the meeting closed after 11:00 pm the Planning Commission voted to continue the process to a July 1 meeting.
The appointed West End Advisory Committee had approved a recommendation for the Planning Commission to accept the application at a previous meeting in Nucla last month.
This meeting, held in Montrose, was met with a peaceful protest by opponents of the mill. More concern was voiced by the Montrose population, while proponents echoed previous statements of hope for increased work in the region.
One sign held by a proponent read “Uranium helps your organics grow.”
Late in the meeting, after many people had left, Energy Fuels requested the Planning Commission alter a clause in the Special Use permit requiring the mill to mill only natural ore. They want it to allow them to process “source material”, or material that contains more than 0.05% of uranium. If granted, this would let them mill, and store, radioactive waste from outside the region. Concerns about receiving radioactive waste from out of state were raised, and not fully answered.
See video clips of the meeting from the Montrose Daily Press here: