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Utah mill eyes radioactive material from Estonia

July 2, 2019

CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado-based company is asking for permission to ship radioactive material from eastern Europe to a uranium mill in Utah.

The Cortez Journal reported Monday that Energy Fuels Resources submitted an application in April to the Utah Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control to allow the White Mesa Uranium Mill to accept material from a rare-earth production plant in Estonia.

The residual material contains uranium that the mill can extract to make fuel rods for nuclear power plants.

The mill is located in the rural area of Utah where the Bears Ears National Monument protects lands considered sacred to Native Americans, but the facility isn’t in the original or revised boundaries of the monument.

President Donald Trump downsized the monument in 2017, triggering backlash from conservation groups.

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Information from: Cortez Journal, http://www.cortezjournal.com/

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