Uranium company receives draft mine permit for Goliad County

Uranium company receives draft mine permit for Goliad County

The uranium mining company that started a project in Goliad County has received a draft mine permit from the state.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued the draft permit to Uranium Energy Corp. and will accept public comment for 30 days, a news release from the uranium company stated. This would be the first such permit in 10 years for a uranium mining operation in the United States, chief operating officer Harry Anthony said in the release.

Anthony added that the draft permit comes after nine months of intensive technical review, and that more licensing and permitting lie ahead.

The company applied for an underground injection control permit on Aug. 7, and drilled test wells since May 2006, according to past Advocate reports.

Goliad County and some residents filed a notice to sue the company under the Safe Water Drinking Act for contaminating water wells earlier this year. Uranium Energy Corp. denied the claims.

Uranium Energy Corp. asks citizens who have questions to call the company at 361-645-2805 or to stop by the office at 138 S. Market St. in Goliad.


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