Cheyenne, WY – The state agency that oversees mining is shifting workers around, in anticipation that Wyoming could see up to 50 new uranium mines.
Wyoming has just one producing uranium mine now. But demand for uranium has increased prices in recent years, prompting renewed interest in uranium mining across the West.
By March 31, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission received 30 applications for new uranium mines, restarts of closed mines and expansions of existing mines. Twenty of them are in Wyoming. Wyoming is considered to have the largest reserve of recoverable uranium ore in the nation.
Most of the companies actively exploring for uranium in Wyoming are anticipating mining operations that use the in-situ process to extract the ore. The process involves flushing uranium ore to the surface by pumping a liquid solution underground.