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Officials discover another leak at Cañon City uranium mill

Associated Press - Published: March 11, 2014

CANON CITY — For the second time in five months, Cotter Corp. Uranium Mill officials have discovered a leak of contaminated water, but both spills reportedly have been contained on-site.

On Monday, Cotter told state health department officials a release of more than 500 gallons of water from the barrier system pump-back pipeline. The water spilled was contaminated groundwater recovered by a barrier system and it was being pumped back to the facility.

According to the Pueblo Chieftain (http://tinyurl.com/mjnfyrh ), a similar spill occurred in November when between 4,000 and 9,000 gallons of contaminated water seeped from the same pipeline.

The now-defunct mill is in the process of decommissioning and has not been used to process uranium since 2006.

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Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, http://www.chieftain.com

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