Uranium http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Native Bacteria Used To Clean-Up Uranium Mines http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/native-bacteria-used-clean-uranium-mines <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bacteria found naturally in the soil around uranium deposits may become a powerful tool in cleaning up old mine sites. A group of University of Wyoming scientists are collaborating with </span>Cameco<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a uranium mining company in Converse County. They’re experimenting with the bacteria’s ability to convert soluble uranium that can contaminate groundwater into less harmful solid form.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:11:33 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61900 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Native Bacteria Used To Clean-Up Uranium Mines Flooding Could Shed Light On Contaminants At Uranium Tailings Site http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/flooding-could-shed-light-contaminants-uranium-tailings-site <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Department of Energy is closely monitoring the potential for flooding this spring at the site of a former uranium mill on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Tailings from the mill contaminated groundwater in the area decades ago. DOE had planned to let the uranium dissipate naturally over the next century, then flooding in 2010 caused an unexpected spike in contamination levels.</span></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:52:54 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 58693 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Flooding Could Shed Light On Contaminants At Uranium Tailings Site Wyoming Uranium Producers Bullish About Future http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-uranium-producers-bullish-about-future <div><p>Uranium producers in Wyoming are optimistic about the future, despite a recent slump in prices. The uranium market tanked after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, with the indefinite shutdown of Japan’s reactors, but speaking during a panel discussion at the Wyoming Energy Summit this week, uranium mining executives like Donna Wichers of Uranium One said while it’s been a setback, it’s just that.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 00:46:34 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 58670 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Uranium Producers Bullish About Future Megatons-to-Megawatts Program Ends http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/megatons-megawatts-program-ends <p>A program that recycled Russian nuclear weapons into fuel-grade uranium has run its course, and&nbsp;Wyoming Mining Association Director Marion Loomis says&nbsp;that may leave more room in the marketplace for Wyoming’s&nbsp;uranium.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:12:41 +0000 Melodie Edwards 53804 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Megatons-to-Megawatts Program Ends State takeover of uranium mining regulation would cost at least $4.5 million http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-takeover-uranium-mining-regulation-would-cost-least-45-million <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">It would cost at least $4.5 million dollars for Wyoming to take over regulatory control of the uranium and thorium mining industries from the federal government, according to a new feasibility study from the Department of Environmental Quality.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 00:43:28 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 50718 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State takeover of uranium mining regulation would cost at least $4.5 million Uranium mine nears end of permitting process http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uranium-mine-nears-end-permitting-process <p>Wyoming’s newest uranium mine is on the cusp of receiving permits from the federal government.<br /><br />The Bureau of Land Management released a final environmental impact statement for the proposed Gas Hills Uranium Mine last week. The mine would be located roughly 45 miles east of Riverton, and would supply the Smith Ranch-Highland production facility in Converse County.<br /><br />Cameco Resources is proposing in-situ mining for the Gas Hills project. That involves using underground chemical washing to extract the uranium.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:15:46 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 49429 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Uranium mine nears end of permitting process Uranium producers continue to push for state regulation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uranium-producers-continue-push-state-regulation <p></p><p>If Wyoming wants to take over regulation of uranium, thorium and other radioactive materials from the federal government, it&rsquo;s going to be a lot of work. That was the message the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality delivered to a legislative committee last week.</p> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 00:35:40 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 47944 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Uranium producers continue to push for state regulation Lost Creek uranium facility exceeding expectations http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lost-creek-uranium-facility-exceeding-expectations <p></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 23:37:33 +0000 Irina Zhorov 47600 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Lost Creek uranium facility exceeding expectations WY receives first draft of feasibility study about uranium mining regulation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wy-receives-first-draft-feasibility-study-about-uranium-mining-regulation <p>Wyoming has received the first draft of a study it commissioned to determine whether it would be feasible to regulate uranium exclusively in-state.</p><p></p><p>Uranium extraction is currently regulated by a number of state and federal agencies. But if Wyoming decides to become what’s called an “agreement state,” it could cut the federal agencies out of the process. That would potentially expedite the permitting process for operators.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 01:08:41 +0000 Irina Zhorov 45071 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WY receives first draft of feasibility study about uranium mining regulation More uranium mines starting production, but prices remain low http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/more-uranium-mines-starting-production-prices-remain-low <div style="margin:0;"><br><br><p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 00:39:19 +0000 Irina Zhorov 44939 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org More uranium mines starting production, but prices remain low BLM takes comment on proposed Fremont uranium mine http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/blm-takes-comment-proposed-fremont-uranium-mine <p>The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is taking public comments on a proposed uranium mine in eastern Fremont County.</p><p></p><p>Canada-based Strathmore Resources proposes to mine uranium using conventional or open-pit methods and to process the uranium into yellowcake on site.</p><p>The BLM says surface disturbance with pits, spoils storage, material storage and roads and processing facilities would total about 2,000 acres.</p><p>Public comments are due to the BLM's Lander Field Office by Sept. 9.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:24:08 +0000 The Associated Press 43654 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org BLM takes comment on proposed Fremont uranium mine New report says contaminated uranium site more complex than previously thought http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-report-says-contaminated-uranium-site-more-complex-previously-thought <p>The Department of Energy says that the high levels of uranium at a contaminated site on Wind River Reservation might not flush out of the groundwater naturally in 100 years, like they previously thought. &nbsp;</p><p>Tailings from a uranium mill that functioned at the Riverton Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act site in the 1960s left the area’s groundwater with high levels of uranium and the DOE took over management of the site in the late ‘80s.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 00:33:50 +0000 Irina Zhorov 43523 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New report says contaminated uranium site more complex than previously thought Tribes and Dept. of Energy sign cooperative agreement http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tribes-and-dept-energy-sign-cooperative-agreement <p></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:16:23 +0000 Irina Zhorov 42153 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tribes and Dept. of Energy sign cooperative agreement Energy Fuels to acquire smaller uranium company http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/energy-fuels-acquire-smaller-uranium-company <p>Energy Fuels Inc. plans to acquire Strathmore Minerals Corporation, a move that will establish Energy Fuels as one of the biggest uranium companies in the U.S. The organizations have signed a letter of intent, under which Strathmore shareholders will end up owning about 20% of Energy Fuels shares.</p><p>CEO of Strathmore, David Miller, says the companies are a good match for each other. Both organizations have Wyoming projects.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 22:45:35 +0000 Irina Zhorov 41558 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Energy Fuels to acquire smaller uranium company Wyoming may have missed the Uranium boom http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-may-have-missed-uranium-boom <p></p><p>The uranium market is slowing after a brief boom in the years after 2005. Increasing costs for the industry and uncertainty are making operators reconsider projects.</p><p>Cameco Resources’ President Paul Goranson told the legislature’s Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee that Cameco will now aim to increase production to about 36 million pounds of yellowcake by 2018…rather than the previously announced 40 million pounds.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 14:27:48 +0000 Irina Zhorov 40809 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming may have missed the Uranium boom State looks at regulating uranium http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-looks-regulating-uranium <p>The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has started work on a study to determine the feasibility of regulating a larger share of uranium mining in the state.</p><p></p><p>Currently the industry is regulated by both federal and state agencies, which some operators say is burdensome, repetitive, and increases the time necessary to receive a permit. The legislature passed a bill this session commissioning the study about becoming what’s called an agreement state.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 14:22:37 +0000 Irina Zhorov 40808 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State looks at regulating uranium Gov. Mead releases WY energy policy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-releases-wy-energy-policy <p>Governor Matt Mead and his policy director, Shawn Reese, released an energy policy for Wyoming at a press conference today. The policy contains 47 initiatives broken down into categories including economic competitiveness and expansion, regulation, conservation, and education. Reese said there were a number of hallmark initiatives.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 22:54:34 +0000 Irina Zhorov 40721 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead releases WY energy policy DOE releases numbers from testing of uranium-contaminated site on Wind River http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/doe-releases-numbers-testing-uranium-contaminated-site-wind-river <p>The US Department of Energy has released data from sampling the agency did at the Riverton Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act Site in August. The area, which is on the Wind River Indian Reservation, was contaminated with uranium and vanadium in the late 1950s &nbsp;and early 1960s, when a uranium mill processed ore there. In the ‘90s the DOE recommended waiting for natural dissolution to clean the site, and levels of contamination seemed to be diminishing predictably until a big flood in 2010. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 01:03:14 +0000 Irina Zhorov 37012 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org DOE releases numbers from testing of uranium-contaminated site on Wind River Promising uranium sites found near Baggs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/promising-uranium-sites-found-near-baggs <p>A uranium exploration company has found an area that seems promising for uranium mining near Baggs, in south-central Wyoming.</p><p>Crosshair Energy Corporation completed a soil survey and found additional areas with high levels of radon, which indicates uranium in the ground.</p><p>Crosshair Vice President Tom Bell says that’s good news for the company.</p><p>“Right now we have a resource that’s about five million pounds of uranium in the ground,” Bell said. “And we think that we can add a significant amount of additional pounds of uranium in this new area that we’re moving into.”</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:34:10 +0000 Willow Belden 30395 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Promising uranium sites found near Baggs More groundwater testing for uranium-contaminated Riverton site http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/more-groundwater-testing-uranium-contaminated-riverton-site <p>The U.S. Department of Energy will run additional groundwater tests at a Riverton site contaminated with uranium. The Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act site was contaminated after hosting a uranium mill there in the 1960’s. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 23:45:37 +0000 Irina Zhorov 27881 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org More groundwater testing for uranium-contaminated Riverton site What’s your opinion on a potential increase of uranium mining in Wyoming? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/what-s-your-opinion-potential-increase-uranium-mining-wyoming <p>What&rsquo;s your opinion on a potential increase of uranium mining in Wyoming?</p><div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wpmnpr-community-discussion-rules">WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules</a></strong></strong></p></div></div></div></div> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:56:43 +0000 Tara Orr 25685 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org What’s your opinion on a potential increase of uranium mining in Wyoming? June 15th, 2012 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/june-15th-2012 <p><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/many-are-optimistic-wyoming-s-uranium-industry-will-grow">Many are optimistic that Wyoming&rsquo;s Uranium Industry will grow </a></p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 23:41:40 +0000 Bob Beck, Tristan Ahtone , Willow Belden, Rebecca Martinez & Irina Zhorov 25609 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org June 15th, 2012 Many are Optimistic That Wyoming’s Uranium Industry Will Grow http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/many-are-optimistic-wyoming-s-uranium-industry-will-grow <p>Intro:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For the last several years a number of companies and politicians have expressed interest in getting more actively involved in Wyoming’s Uranium industry.&nbsp; Currently a task force of lawmakers is studying nuclear energy production and companies are testing the waters before they jump into the marketplace.&nbsp; The upside is that Wyoming has a lot of Uranium, the downside is cost and regulations.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck has more.</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 23:25:54 +0000 Bob Beck 25608 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Many are Optimistic That Wyoming’s Uranium Industry Will Grow Uranium Mining In Jeffrey City: Past, Present and Future http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uranium-mining-jeffrey-city-past-present-and-future <p>HOST: Everyone is predicting a uranium boom internationally and Wyoming has the largest deposits in the U.S. The state has a legacy of uranium mining, as well. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov looks at the boom and its history.</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 23:20:16 +0000 Irina Zhorov 25607 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Uranium Mining In Jeffrey City: Past, Present and Future Wyoming Cleans Up After Uranium Boom Years http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-cleans-after-uranium-boom-years <p>HOST: When the Cold War caused a uranium boom in the 1950s, soil and water in the state suffered contamination. Reclamation has improved the landscape, and regulation is catching up with the industry&nbsp; but it’s not perfect yet. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez reports.</p><p>REBECCA MARTINEZ: Ore from Wyoming’s rich uranium deposits was refined and concentrated into yellowcake at mills in the state before being sent to processing and enrichment facilities elsewhere. The mills produced large amounts of sandy waste called tailings, which still contained uranium.</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 23:03:09 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 25604 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Cleans Up After Uranium Boom Years Uranium industry growth has challenges http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uranium-industry-growth-has-challenges <p>Many people hope that Wyoming&rsquo;s uranium industry will become much more active, as interest in nuclear energy grows.&nbsp;</p><p>University of Wyoming Ag Economist Tex Taylor says there is a lot of potential for increased employment and tax revenue for the state.&nbsp; But Wyoming Senator Eli Bebout, who chairs the Senate Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee, says new and smaller companies are often stymied by the state and federal permitting process and other regulatory hurdles.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 22:49:38 +0000 Bob Beck 25603 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Uranium industry growth has challenges Land Grab: What Happened on the Wind River Reservation? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/land-grab-what-happened-wind-river-reservation <p>HOST: As we just heard, the uranium industry may have a long way to go in earning back the public’s trust, especially on the Wind River Reservation. In 2010, the Department of Energy released well monitoring data from the Wind River Reservation. What they found was that uranium levels in a number of their wells had spiked up to 100 times the legal limit. In early May the Department of Energy released tap test results showing uranium levels nearly twice the legal limit, but later said the results were anomalies. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 22:41:34 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 25601 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Land Grab: What Happened on the Wind River Reservation? Concerns expressed about in situ uranium mining http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/concerns-expressed-about-situ-uranium-mining <p>With uranium mining making a comeback across the country and especially Wyoming, a recent government report recommends that better coordination between federal agencies is needed for financial assurances&nbsp; and that agencies need to update databases to find out how many abandoned mines actually exist in the U.S.</p><p>Government Accountability Office and environmental director, Anu Mittal&nbsp; says in situ mining - a process where operators inject chemicals and water underground to pump uranium back to the surface for processing, may also pose future problems.</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 00:18:25 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 25178 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Concerns expressed about in situ uranium mining Reservation Tap Water Has Acceptable Levels Of Uranium To Drink http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/reservation-tap-water-has-acceptable-levels-uranium-drink <p>The Department of Energy announced Friday that water being provided to residents of the Wind River Reservation is safe to drink.</p><p>Last week, DOE officials confirmed that tap water in four households on the reservation showed elevated levels of uranium nearly twice the legal limit.</p><p>This week, the DOE’s April Gil said in a statement that the elevated levels were inaccurate, the tap water has been retested, and is safe for consumption.</p> Sat, 12 May 2012 00:24:20 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 23943 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Reservation Tap Water Has Acceptable Levels Of Uranium To Drink Wind River Reservation residents still worry about uranium waste in tap water http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wind-river-reservation-residents-still-worry-about-uranium-waste-tap-water <p>Last week, the Department of Energy announced that uranium at nearly twice the legal limit had been found in the tap water of four households on the Wind River Reservation. The event marks another incident in a long and troubled history in the area.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone brings us this report on the find.</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 21:52:50 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 23928 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wind River Reservation residents still worry about uranium waste in tap water