EPA to host public hearing on Goliad aquifer exemption
Feb. 2, 2014 at 10:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 2, 2014 at 8:03 p.m.
The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting Feb. 11 to allow comment on the aquifer exemption in the Goliad Formation.
According to an EPA public notice, on Dec. 4, 2012, the EPA issued an aquifer exemption to Uranium Energy Corporation in the Goliad Formation, allowing UEC to initiate in-situ mining of uranium near the community of Ander in Goliad County.
The exemption removes the protection provided by the Safe Drinking Water Act from four sands of the Goliad Aquifer. Together with a state issued permit, the aquifer exemption allows UEC to extract uranium through in-situ mining, a process in which a hole is drilled into the ore deposit and a leaching solution is pumped into the deposit to extract the ore and bring it to the surface.
While approval for the aquifer exemption still stands, EPA will consider comments to determine whether the agency should withdraw its approval or reaffirm it, according to the public notice.
Public hearing on the aquifer exemption in the Goliad Formation will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Victoria Community Center annex, 2905 E. North St. in Victoria. Anyone who wants to attend but needs assistance with transportation is asked to call the Goliad County Groundwater Conservation District office at 361-645-1716. Anyone who would like to comment but cannot attend the meeting can send email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your comment to: Diane Smith (6WG-NP)/ Goliad AE Public Comments, EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75202-2733.This information was left off a story on Page A3 on Monday.