In the Durango Telegraph, Will Sands reports news of a local planning commission's approval of new uranium mill in the Four-Corners region - the nation's first in 25 years.
Proponents are counting on a forgotten past.
Many pointed to recent history and the former town of Uravan, which was
once located just downstream from Naturita. In 1986, the uranium
mill/mining town was deemed unfit for human occupation and declared a
Superfund site. The clean-up took 15 years and $70 million
in federal funding, and widespread cancer is one of Uravan’s only
(Poster from a 2007 Mother Jones story.)