This year's proposed federal budget is falling short in removing radioactive mine tailings from the banks of the Colorado River near Moab, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. From the article, "People who want the Moab uranium tailings cleaned up from the banks of the Colorado River say President Bush's budget proposal for their project just won't do.
"The president's budget for next year includes $22.8 million for planning and beginning the removal of about 18 million tons of uranium processing leftovers, a volume roughly 1 1/2 times the rubble removed from the World Trade Center collapse in New York.
"The pile, which sits on the edge of the Colorado River north of Moab, leaches ammonia and other contaminants into water used by about 25 million people downstream in four states.
"Last year, the Energy Department announced plans to haul the pile by train more than 30 miles north to Crescent Junction at an estimated cost of around $470 million. But the president's budget proposal contained less money for next year than the budget for this year.
"'Oh, no. We need twice that much next year,' said Judy Carmichael, vice chair of the Grand County Council, who predicted any delays beyond the eight-year estimated timetable would add to costs."
Past Coyote Gulch coverage of the issue here.
Category: Colorado Water