Amber Reimondo: Taxpayer dollars shouldn’t keep uranium mill afloat

Amber Reimondo: Taxpayer dollars shouldn’t keep uranium mill afloat

A strategic uranium reserve has no place in Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.

(Corey Robinson | Tribune file photo) Protesters from White Mesa, Utah, march against the White Mesa Mill, the last conventional uranium mill still operating in the U.S. on May 14, 2017.

In late December, as Congress debated how much to spend on COVID-19 relief for Americans struggling to make ends meet, something else was flying under the radar that has serious implications for Utah’s clean water and public health.

In the same package that funded $600 stimulus checks hid a sizable handout for the uranium industry that could pad the pockets of Energy Fuels Resources, the uranium company that has already made millions by welcoming low-level radioactive waste to its White Mesa uranium mill in southeastern Utah.Congress appropriated $75 million to start a “strategic uranium reserve.” This means using your taxpayer dollars to pay uranium companies above-market […]

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