Changes to uranium cleanup considered

CIBOLA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – State regulators are considering changes to how a mining company cleans up contamination at a former uranium mill in Cibola County.

The plan calls for discharging up to 5,500 gallons of water a minute as it cleans up the property.

Some of that water will be used to push the contamination toward collection wells and drains, but critics are concerned the plan could make piles of mining waste at the site unstable and pollute the area’s water supplies. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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