New Mining Rules

Colorado mining regulators set new rules in August aimed at protecting groundwater against damage from uranium mining. The rules, approved by the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board, require companies to test groundwater at mining sites before prospecting. Regulators can use test data to ensure companies don't leave groundwater degraded. The rules also require disclosure of information on when and how mining would be conducted. In addition, communities affected by mining now have greater rights to appeal state decisions.