Controversy Surrounds Fed Review of Colorado Uranium Mining

August 22, 2011

The possible return of uranium mining to southwestern Colorado is supported by some and despised by others. In economically depressed areas, many would welcome the jobs. But in exclusive ski resort towns like Telluride, there’s strong opposition. The controversy surrounds an effort by the Department of Energy to lease its uranium reserves to mining companies. Uranium is key to generating nuclear power. The DOE recently passed through Telluride, on a tour of Western Slope towns, gathering public input. Host Ryan Warner discusses the latest developments with the editor of the Telluride Daily Planet, Matthew Beaudin.

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