State of Colorado Clears the Way for New License Decision on Energy Fuels’ Pinon Ridge Mill
March 1, 2013 (Source: Marketwire) Toronto, ON — Energy Fuels Inc. (TSX:EFR) is pleased to announce that the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Dr. Chris Urbina, affirmed the decision of an appointed hearing officer in an administrative process required for the reissuance of the radioactive materials license for the Company’s Piñon Ridge Mill. As was previously announced by the Company on January 15, 2013, a hearing officer concluded that the November 2012 administrative hearing on the Piñon Ridge Mill, held for the purpose of augmenting the administrative record, fully satisfied the requirements of Colorado law. A group of non-government organizations appealed the hearing officer’s decision. Dr. Urbina’s decision today denied their appeal, paving the way for CDPHE to issue a new license decision. Neither the hearing officer’s nor Dr. Urbina’s decision made any substantive recommendations regarding the approval or denial of the license.
A license for the Piñon Ridge Mill was issued by CDPHE in March 2011, but was set aside pending the completion of the November 2012 administrative hearing. Energy Fuels expects that CDPHE will issue a new license decision on the Piñon Ridge Mill by the end of April 2013.
Energy Fuels is America’s largest conventional uranium producer, supplying approximately 25% of the uranium produced in the U.S., and is also a significant producer of vanadium. The company operates the White Mesa Mill, which is the only conventional uranium mill currently operating in the U.S., capable of processing 2,000 tons per day of uranium ore. Energy Fuels has projects located throughout the Western U.S., including producing mines and mineral properties in various stages of permitting and development.
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