Colorado OKs Dumping Radioactive Sludge Into Leaking Pond"

"State health officials are letting Cotter Corp. dump 90,000 gallons of radioactive sludge and solvents from its uranium mill into an impoundment pond the agency knows to be leaking.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment officials say this won't worsen groundwater contamination near Cañon City because underground barriers would confine it near the impoundment.

But a lawsuit filed by Cañon City- based Citizens Against Toxic Water and other environmental advocates seeks judicial review of this and other decisions made by the state as the mothballed Cold War -era plant is dismantled.

A judge on June 3 rejected a request by the state health department and Cotter to dismiss the residents' lawsuit."

Bruce Finley reports for the Denver Post June 28, 2011.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011