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Apr 28, 2010 5:26 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado Senate passes uranium cleanup bill

The state Senate has passed a bill requiring uranium mines and mills to clean up radioactive waste before accepting more radioactive material.

The Senate voted 24-9 in favor of the bill Wednesday. It now heads back to the House, where backers hope lawmakers will agree with changes made in the Senate.

Mines and mills are now allowed to postpone cleanup until they finish production and decommission their facilities. Lawmakers are concerned that a national focus on nuclear energy will allow mines to postpone cleanup while they ramp up production.

The Cotter Corp. says the future of its mill in Canon City is uncertain if the bill becomes law. It wants to reopen the mill to process ore from New Mexico and is considering suing.

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