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Environment & Climate

The EPA says Clean Air Act violations at southern Utah's White Mesa Uranium Mill are 'egregious.'

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The White Mesa uranium mill in Southeastern Utah.

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a recent ruling that says the White Mesa Uranium Mill can no longer accept radioactive waste from Superfund sites.

In a December 2 notice to the mine's owners, the EPA deemed the facility “unacceptable” to accept Superfund wastes due to excessive emission violations.

The mill is located between Bluff and Blanding, three miles from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe’s White Mesa community.

In this report, KZMU Radio reached out to the attorney who fought for the EPA decision to talk about the mill’s future.

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Mark Duggan provided additional online production of this report for KSUT.

This report was produced for the Rocky Mountain Community Radio Coalition, of which KSUT is a member. RMCR includes more than 15 member stations across Colorado and parts of Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico.

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