Grand Junction (AP) - The U.S. Department of Energy says storing thousands of tons of mercury at a disposal site near Grand Junction would not conflict with an agreement between the federal government and Mesa County.
The department is studying the site and six others around the country for storing the nation's excess mercury deposits.
The Mesa County site has millions of tons of uranium mill tailings.
A 1996 agreement prohibits the storage of mill tailings from other locales there, but the Energy Department said in a letter to state Sen. Josh Penry of Grand Junction that the mercury storage facility would be a completely separate operation.
Gov. Bill Ritter has said the mercury should be stored where it was generated.
(COPYRIGHT 2009 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)
KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.