10 years and 9.5M tons later, radioactive Moab tailings pile shrinking

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  • Johnny Triumph Salt Lake City, UT
    April 24, 2019 10:28 a.m.

    The govt is right to pick up the cleanup tab, we were in an arms race and thus the huge push for refined uranium.

  • barfolomew Tooele, UT
    April 24, 2019 9:09 a.m.

    @ Impartial7

    "Another story of the US taxpayers picking up the tab for irresponsible extraction companies in Utah. Now, we want to let a current offender, Alton coal, expand near national park lands. So smart. IT's time Utah changed it's rules for extraction companies."

    Such a tired statement. "Irresponsible companies." In 1956, the accepted industry practices and the laws that governed them is what the industry went by. We know a great deal more how to handle this issue than we did in the past. You see, we can actually learn from our past practices. These companies did nothing wrong. They followed the current rules. If they disposed of mill tailings like that today, then you can say they're irresponsible.

    Think of it this way, cars are a lot safer and more efficient today than in 1956. Does that mean that the car companies in 1956 were irresponsible? Or simply that they didn't know then what we know today?

    It's because of past practices that we've learned and evolved. You should relate to this argument. You believe in evolution, right?

    And by the way, the rules HAVE changed.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 23, 2019 3:46 p.m.

    Another story of the US taxpayers picking up the tab for irresponsible extraction companies in Utah. Now, we want to let a current offender, Alton coal, expand near national park lands. So smart. IT's time Utah changed it's rules for extraction companies.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    April 23, 2019 2:25 p.m.

    This is a cautionary tale for the next uranium boom.