MILL SITE – Despite the slowdown in the national economy, George Glasier of Energy Fuels Inc. said he is going ahead with plans to build a uranium mill in the Paradox Valley. (File photo)
MONTROSE — Despite a protest rally and fervent opposition by farmers and ranchers, the Montrose County Board of County Commissioners approved a special use permit for a uranium mill in Paradox Valley Monday morning. The vote was unanimous.
The proposed mill has been a subject of controversy for months, with hundreds of people, both pro and con, showing up at both planning commission and board of commissioners public meetings to discuss the proposal. The planning commission recommended approval in July.
Organic farmers in the valley have said the mill would put them out of business while others say the mill is needed because the county’s West End needs jobs.