- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) - Rio Grande Resources’ underground mine in western New Mexico has been idle for years but the company wants to change that.

New Mexico regulators are hosting a public hearing Friday in Grants to consider the company’s application to change the status of its permit for the Mount Taylor Mine from standby to active.

The application also calls for updating the mine’s closeout plan and requiring financial assurances from the company.

It could be months before a final decision is made.

Environmental groups are challenging the economic viability of restarting the mine and contend the application is a ploy by the company to avoid cleanup at the site.

The documents the company submitted to the state include plans for a new system to remove selenium and other metals from the water.

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