AP, March 22, 2013: A uranium company wants to use molasses to clean up an abandoned mine west of Denver. [...]
The Denver Post, March 22, 2013: Cotter Corp. is preparing to brew a multimillion-gallon uranium cocktail in a mine shaft west of Denver — an innovation aimed at ending a threat to city water supplies. [...] Such “bioremediation” would save Cotter tens of millions of dollars as an alternative to perpetually pumping out and treating mine water laced with uranium — which reached concentrations as high as 24,000 parts per billion inside the mine shaft, well above the 30 ppb federal drinking water standard. Uranium seeping from the mine has contaminated Ralston Creek, which flows into Denver Water’s Ralston Reservoir, a source of drinking water for 1.3 million metro residents. Utility treatments remove uranium before it reaches households. [...]
See also: Plutonium up to 1,579 pCi/kg detected near Denver at Rocky Flats -- Contamination levels remain as high as 40 years ago, BEFORE site 'cleaned up'
Published: March 25th, 2013 at 2:39 pm ET