Feb 22, 2013 4:49 PM by David Ortiviz

Concerns linger over toxic waste in Canon City

Concerns are mounting in Canon City over the clean-up of a toxic waste plant. There's about 15 million tons of radioactive tailings at the Cotter uranium mill.

According to the Denver Post the governor's office is looking at whether to leave the waste where it is or remove it. Cotter is reportedly opposed to off-site disposal and says it would require more than 450 truck loads a day for five and half years.

"I don't think leaving the waste on site is the necessarily the only choice that we have and it's not a choice that belongs to the department of health," said Jeri Fry, with Colorado Citizens Against Toxic Waste.

"At this point anything I would say about where it would be removed and where it would go would be highly speculative. At this point the radioactive materials license calls for the impoundment to be closed in place," said Warren Smith, with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division.

The state health department says it's looking at other options which includes off site removal.

Some residents worry the current storage ponds could leak.

Residents will have a chance to weigh in next week. A public meeting will be held in Canon City on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 128 Main St.



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