Colorado mine reopening on the menu

31 August 2007

[Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, 30 August] Energy Fuels Resources of Canada has applied to the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board for a permit to reopen the former Packrat and Urantah Decline uranium mines near the town of Gateway in Mesa County, Colorado, USA. The Packrat Mine, operational from the 1950s to 1990, and the Urantah Decline, opened in 1979 and closed in 1981, will make a single operation known as the Whirlwind Mine. The mine would employ some 20 people and be open for ten years, Energy Fuels reported. Some residents of Gateway have welcomed the news. Josie Blaser, owner of the 141 Diner, said: "I think it will affect us positively. The local economy could use a boost." To show her support for the mine, she has added such items to her menu as the Uranium Burger and the Atomic Chicken Sandwich. Mesa County officials are reviewing Energy Fuels' proposal.

Further information

Energy Fuels Resources

Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board