- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Ute tribal officials are raising concerns about radon gas released from mill ponds at White Mesa Uranium Mill in southern Utah’s San Juan County.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1P3YBEK ) that Ute Mountain Ute officials and environmental groups on Wednesday made a presentation to the Utah Air Quality Board.

Ute leaders used an EPA-developed formula to predict radon emissions from the mill’s uranium ponds and got numbers up to 50 times the agency’s cap.

EPA air-quality regulators have yet to react to the Utes’ concerns about the odorless, cancer-causing gas, so the tribe and environmental groups are asking the state to intervene.

Mill owner Energy Fuels Resources says the radon emissions are constantly monitored and within acceptable limits.

The company’s spokesman says the tribe is applying the EPA formula incorrectly.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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