Uranium mining’s legacy

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GRANTS — Data reviewed by an independent team of scientists and engineers contracted by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the remediation system at Homestake Mining Co.’s uranium mill site has raised a number of issues.

William Thompson, senior hydrologist for Environmental Quality Management Inc. of Cincinnati, said the Remedial System Evaluation team looked at what Homestake was doing right, and what it might be doing wrong in its cleanup of the Superfund site.

With regard to the tailings pile, water is injected to flush contaminants out of the rock strata, then collected and drained in wells. “The question is, how effective is this process,” Thompson told a group of concerned residents during a community meeting conducted Wednesday evening in Grants by EPA and the New Mexico Environment Department.



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