EPA gets 60 more days to decide on uranium mining in Goliad

Sara  Sneath By Sara Sneath

April 8, 2014 at 7:02 p.m.
Updated April 7, 2014 at 11:08 p.m.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Environmental Protection Agency 60 more days to review its 2012 decision allowing uranium mining near Ander in Goliad County.

The Goliad County Groundwater Conservation District has not heard what the EPA's process will be as it continues to review its previous decision, president Raulie Irwin said.

At a public meeting in February, concerned Goliad residents said they feared their water wells would be polluted by the mining.

The EPA was to issue comments to those who spoke at the hearing about the EPA's decision by March 31. Irwin spoke at the meeting but still has not received comment, he said. To the best of his knowledge, none of the other speakers have received comment either.

The EPA will reach a decision by early June, according to a March 21 agency letter requesting the extension.

Uranium Energy Corp has permission to mine during EPA's review process.

"Our Goliad Project is fully permitted for production and continues to advance as planned," said Matt Welch, a UEC spokesman, in a written statement Tuesday.

"We have seen no new information presented that would change the EPA's original decision to issue the aquifer exemption," Welch said in the statement.



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