Colorado Suspends Nuclear Waste Shipments from New Jersey

Concerns raised over health impact on surrounding communities.

Published: 19-Mar-2002

DENVER, Colorado, March 18, 2002 (ENS) - Colorado Governor Bill Owens has urged the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to suspend for further investigation planned shipments of 470,000 tons of radioactive mill tailings from New Jersey to the Cotter Corporation Uranium Mill site near Canon City.

Owens said, "The health department should thoroughly review whether the proposed shipments from New Jersey are covered by Cotter Corporation’s current permit. The department also should ensure that the company has provided necessary documentation on how it will meet the safety requirements contained in the company’s permit. Our first consideration must be to protect the health and safety of the surrounding communities."

As the result of the governor’s concerns and a concurrent review of the Cotter proposal by the department’s Radiation Services Program, the program Thursday notified Cotter that its proposal for accepting the New Jersey materials has been placed on hold.



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