- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - An interim legislative committee is considering a proposal under which Wyoming would take over regulation of uranium mining in the state.

Currently, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission oversees the state’s industry.

Wyoming is the largest uranium producing state in the country.

During a meeting Thursday, the Legislature’s Joint Minerals Committee reviewed a draft bill largely supported by the uranium industry. But there’s disagreement over who should pay for the state to take over regulation of uranium mining.

Democrat Sen. Chris Rothfuss, of Laramie, says industry should pay the estimated $4 million to start up the program. But some industry officials disagreed, pointing out that the state also stands to benefit from the program.

The committee agreed to discuss the proposal again at its next meeting.

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