State environmental agency requires stricter monitoring of uranium mine near Grand Canyon

Canyon Mine is located south of the Grand Canyon National Park and owned by Energy Fuels Resources, a uranium producer based in Canada. The mine is capable of extracting uranium ore, but has not in recent years because of the low price of uranium. /SCOTT BUFFON, Arizona Daily Sun

By Scott Buffon | Arizona Daily STAR

Public outcry pushed an Arizona environmental agency to require Canyon Mine, a uranium mine near the Grand Canyon, to apply for a more strict aquifer protection permit.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) denied a general permit for Canyon Mine, owned by Canadian-based Energy Fuels Resources, after reviewing feedback from the public and reviewing the years of documents available on the mine. Public comment cited allegations of cultural and environmental damage to water stores, wildlife and land to demand the department issue the stricter permit for the purpose of closing down the mine in September 2019.

Curtis Moore, spokesman for Energy Fuels, said the company denies any wrongdoing or damage to the aquifer or wildlife. The decision released last Thursday will require the mine to apply for the new permit, ADEQ officials said.

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